COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Governor Mike DeWine has signed a bill that prevents Ohio's public schools and universities from requiring a vaccine that is not fully approved by the FDA.
The provision was part of an amendment to House Bill 244.
It applies to the three COVID-19 vaccines available now in Ohio, because they have not received full FDA approval yet. Those have only received emergency use authorization.
DeWine says the vaccines need to be fully approved as quickly as possible, saying the emergency use authorization is contributing to the hesitancy of some residents to get the vaccine.
Pfizer and Moderna have applied for full FDA approval of their vaccines, but it's unclear how long that will take.
The bill takes effect in 90 days. House Bill 244 mainly deals with children in military families, and applies to them moving into or out of districts as a result of their parents' deployments.