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Covid-19 Mandates, Masks, & Vaccines

Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom is an all-volunteer, non-profit who has been advocating for the medical freedom of Ohioans since 2015.

At OhioAMF, we're doing our best to provide the most current information and assistance to Ohioans as we possibly can. The landscape of Covid-19 emergency declarations, health orders, work and school mandates, evolving exemption policies, ongoing litigation, and legislative actions being taken nationally, in the state, and locally are a lot to keep up with, particularly in the midst of working to connect Ohioans to the information and assistance they require for their specific needs.

As such, OhioAMF is providing the below information specific to the questions we're receiving about Covid-19 mandates, masks, and vaccines.

Disclaimer:

The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal or medical advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.

State and Local Mandates:

While the State of Ohio has rolled back many of the emergency and health orders issued by the Governor and the Director of Health, a number of local jurisdictions have maintained and/or enacted new orders. OhioAMF is aware of a number of these orders and there are still some legal challenges that remain in an effort to overturn them and also establish a legal precedence to prevent future such orders.

Aside from legal challenges to these orders, the State Legislature passed Ohio Senate Bill 22, which provides some level of protection for Ohioans from certain emergency / health orders in the future. However, OhioAMF believes that SB22 didn't go far enough to limit government agencies' ability to issue such orders in the future. Read more about SB22 here.

Unfortunately, until the legislature passes meaningful legislation to prevent a repeat of 2020, or ongoing litigation plays out in our favor, or the general public practices mass non-compliance, we're left with the possibility that such overreaching orders will continue into the foreseeable future.

Find more information regarding legislative actions being taken on this issue.

For additional questions, please email us at info@ohioamf.org

Masks Requirements:

Ohioans continue to face mask mandates throughout the state. Businesses continue to require them, schools and universities continue to require them, health commissioners and mayors have mandated them in some areas, and some cities have even passed local laws to require them.

 

Regardless of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of masks, OhioAMF believes that it is an individual's right to direct their own healthcare decisions without coercion or discrimination. As such, OhioAMF believes that mask mandates in any circumstance are inappropriate.

 

OhioAMF does not have legal resources to specifically address mask mandates; however, we do encourage individuals who are receiving friction regarding masks to request a religious or medical accommodation, where applicable, as protected by federal civil rights laws.

 

If an Ohioan believes that they have been discriminated against on the basis of religious or medical circumstances, OhioAMF encourages the individual to contact the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and file a charge/complaint.

 

Again, unfortunately, until the legislature passes meaningful legislation to prevent mask mandates, or ongoing litigation plays out in our favor, or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission intervenes with entities who are discriminating, or the general public practices mass non-compliance, we're left with the possibility that such overreaching mandates will continue into the foreseeable future.

Find more information regarding legislative actions being taken on this issue.

For additional questions, please email us at info@ohioamf.org



Covid Vaccine Requirements in Retail Settings:

Unfortunately, at this time, there isn't much information OhioAMF can provide to Ohioans regarding vaccine requirements for access to retail settings (stores, athletic games, concerts, etc). Until the legislature passes meaningful legislation to prevent vaccine mandates, or ongoing litigation plays out in our favor, or the general public practices mass non-compliance, we're left with the possibility that such overreaching mandates will continue into the foreseeable future.

OhioAMF has strongly advocated for the passage of Ohio House Bill 248, which would ensure Ohioans maintain the right to direct their own healthcare decisions regarding vaccination, and maintain their privacy in doing so. Read more about HB248.

For additional questions, please email us at info@ohioamf.org

Covid Vaccine Requirements in Childcare & K-12:

 

OhioAMF hasn't yet identified a childcare facility or k-12 school that has mandated the Covid vaccine for their children, but we have seen at least one example of a school district that is considering such a policy. OhioAMF is 100% against Covid vaccination becoming required by any childcare or school in the state of Ohio.

While Ohio law does not currently offer parents the option to opt out of a Covid vaccine for their child in the fashion that parents are accustomed (exemptions to compulsory childhood vaccinations that are defined in state law only apply to the compulsory vaccines that are defined in state law), OhioAMF encourages parents to request a religious or medical accommodation, where applicable, as protected by federal civil rights laws.

If a parent requires assistance formulating a letter requesting a religious or medical accommodation, or has submitted one and it has been denied, OhioAMF is happy to connect you with an attorney who may be able to assist you with your specific situation, simply email info@ohioamf.org with your details and we'll connect you with the appropriate attorney.

If an Ohioan believes that they have been discriminated against on the basis of religious or medical circumstances, OhioAMF encourages the individual to contact the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and file a charge/complaint.

Unfortunately, until the legislature passes meaningful legislation to prevent vaccine mandates, or ongoing litigation plays out in our favor, or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission intervenes with entities who are discriminating, or the general public practices mass non-compliance, we're left with the possibility that such overreaching mandates will continue into the foreseeable future.

OhioAMF has strongly advocated for the passage of Ohio House Bill 248, which would ensure Ohioans maintain the right to direct their own healthcare decisions regarding vaccination, and maintain their privacy in doing so. Read more about HB248​.

For detailed information regarding such requirements and "exemptions", read more here.

For additional questions, and/or assistance from an attorney, please email us at info@ohioamf.org

Covid Vaccine Requirements in Colleges and Universities:

 

OhioAMF has tracked numerous universities in the state of Ohio who have required Covid-19 vaccination as a requirement of on-campus attendance and/or participation in school activities/events.

While Ohio law does not protect college and university students from their schools mandating that they receive a vaccine, OhioAMF encourages students to request a religious or medical accommodation, where applicable, as protected by federal civil rights laws.

If a student requires assistance formulating a letter requesting a religious or medical accommodation, or has submitted one and it has been denied, OhioAMF is happy to connect you with an attorney who may be able to assist you with your specific situation, simply email info@ohioamf.org with your details and we'll connect you with the appropriate attorney.

If an Ohioan believes that they have been discriminated against on the basis of religious or medical circumstances, OhioAMF encourages the individual to contact the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and file a charge/complaint.

Unfortunately, until the legislature passes meaningful legislation to prevent vaccine mandates, or ongoing litigation plays out in our favor, or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission intervenes with entities who are discriminating, or the general public practices mass non-compliance, we're left with the possibility that such overreaching mandates will continue into the foreseeable future.

OhioAMF has strongly advocated for the passage of Ohio House Bill 248, which would ensure Ohioans maintain the right to direct their own healthcare decisions regarding vaccination, and maintain their privacy in doing so. Read more about HB248​.

For detailed information regarding such requirements and "exemptions", read more here.

For additional questions, and/or assistance from an attorney, please email us at info@ohioamf.org

Covid Vaccine Requirements in the Workplace:

 

OhioAMF has tracked numerous employers in the state of Ohio who have required Covid-19 vaccination as a requirement of continued employment and/or benefits, or who have used vaccination status to reward some employees and/or punish others.

While Ohio law does not protect employees from their employers mandating that they receive a vaccine, OhioAMF encourages employees to request a religious or medical accommodation, where applicable, as protected by federal civil rights laws.

If an employee requires assistance formulating a letter requesting a religious or medical accommodation, or has submitted one and it has been denied, OhioAMF is happy to connect you with an attorney who may be able to assist you with your specific situation, simply email info@ohioamf.org with your details and we'll connect you with the appropriate attorney.

If an Ohioan believes that they have been discriminated against on the basis of religious or medical circumstances, OhioAMF encourages the individual to contact the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and file a charge/complaint.

Unfortunately, until the legislature passes meaningful legislation to prevent vaccine mandates, or ongoing litigation plays out in our favor, or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission intervenes with entities who are discriminating, or the general public practices mass non-compliance, we're left with the possibility that such overreaching mandates will continue into the foreseeable future.

OhioAMF has strongly advocated for the passage of Ohio House Bill 248, which would ensure Ohioans maintain the right to direct their own healthcare decisions regarding vaccination, and maintain their privacy in doing so. Read more about HB248​.

For detailed information regarding such requirements and "exemptions", read more here.

For additional questions, and/or assistance from an attorney, please email us at info@ohioamf.org