The Ohio legislature passed a provision to prohibit any school and/or college from requiring students to be vaccinated against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus as a requirement for admission.

Shortly before the start of summer recess, Ohio lawmakers approved an amendment to an existing bill that would prohibit public schools and colleges from requiring students to obtain a vaccine “available under emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” Ohio’s Fox 8 reported

The proposed ban includes any type of vaccine that is approved only for its emergency status, which includes all three vaccines against the CCP Virus.

Following approval by both the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives, the amendment now reaches the desk of Republican Governor Mike DeWine for consideration and eventual approving signature.

House Bill 244 expressly states that “public schools and universities may not require anyone to receive a vaccine that has not been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

The amendment also specifies that institutions may not discriminate against those not vaccinated, i.e., they may not separate them into groups or prevent them from doing any specific activity. Neither can they require different protocols from the rest; in short, those who are vaccinated and those who are not must be treated equally.

There are some caveats, such as the fact that hospitals operated by universities will not be affected by the new amendment.

Sen. Andrew Brenner (R-Ohio) introduced the amendment on Monday afternoon in a bill not directly related to either the vaccination or pandemic situation.

In a speech during the introduction of the amendment, Brenner emphasized that most of the deaths from the CHP virus occurred among the elderly. He also cited a study from an unspecified source claiming that “there is no clear benefit” of vaccination when compared to the death rate from the virus, local media outlet WKYC reported.

With these arguments, the senator asserted that the decision to vaccinate should fall on the students, their parents, and their doctor, but that no institution or government should intercede in the individual’s final decision. 

“This is about personal rights and also about making sure our students are protected,” he said.

Also speaking on the matter was Republican House Speaker Bob Cupp, who assured that vaccinations are a parental decision in the case of minors and cannot be imposed by schools.

He also emphasized that it is controversial to require vaccination in schools and colleges when there is insufficient evidence to indicate that it is essential for that age group to prevent or spread the disease. 

After the vote, Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom, a group dedicated to defending individual rights and fighting against mandatory vaccination, called the vote a “small and temporary victory,” but a victory nonetheless.

It now remains to wait for Governor DeWine to sign the bill to begin to be implemented when educational institutions open their doors in the fall after the recess. 

DeWine previously vetoed a similar but more ambitious bill, which included hospitals and private institutions.