OOA Submits Testimony Against HB 248

[June 21, 2021]

The OOA submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Health Committee in opposition to HB 248, the far-reaching vaccination bill that would damage the current public health framework that prevents outbreaks of potentially lethal disease. The letter reads in part:

The United States has a long-standing safety system in place that ensures vaccines are as safe as possible. Vaccines, like any medication, can cause mild side effects. But a decision not to immunize can involve dangerous or deadly risk—and not only to the patient but also to families and communities. COVID-19 has been devastating. Ohio deaths from COVID-19 has surpassed 20,000 in a little over a year—a greater number than the population of six counties in Ohio. 

As physicians, we believe in science and evidence based medicine. We feel very strongly that vaccinations protect communities.

It was signed by OOA Health Policy Chair Jennifer L. Gwilym, DO.

In addition, the OOA joined a coalition of nearly 90 organizations and representing some 2 million Ohioans to oppose the bill.

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