Ohio’s GOP Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOvernight Health Care: Biden says US donation of 500 million vaccines will ‘overload’ global virus battle | Moderna Asks FDA to Clear COVID-19 Vaccine for Young People FDA Extends J&J Vaccine Durability Concerned About Expired Doses Former House Republicans Challenge DeWine to Ohio Government Candidate List MORE Thursday came out against a controversial bill that would weaken state vaccination laws, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
It would also ban mask mandates for unvaccinated people and block health departments, schools or other government agencies from requiring participation in a vaccine registry.
“Before modern medicine, diseases like mumps, polio, whooping cough were common and caused great, great, great suffering and death for thousands of people every single year,” DeWine said during a news conference announcing the latest winners of the state’s Vax-a-million lottery.
The governor’s comments come after a legislative hearing on the bill went viral and drew widespread ridicule after a witness pushed unfounded conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine.
A Cleveland area doctor and prominent anti-vaccine activist mistakenly told Ohio lawmakers Tuesday that the shot caused people to become “magnetized.”
Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopathic doctor who supports the discouraged conspiracy theory that vaccines cause autism, spoke as an invited expert witness to the Ohio House of Representatives.
“I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures over the internet of people who’ve had these shots and now they’s magnetized,” Tenpenny told lawmakers. “They can put a key on their forehead. It’s stuck. They can put spoons and forks over them and they can hold on, because now we think there is a piece of metal for it. ”