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Workers stated that they planned the rally in order to oppose the vaccine mandate issued by the government for all federal workers. These workers further state that while General Dynamics has not issued a statement on the mandate yet, they want to deliver a positive message to the company as soon as they could.

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The university is reporting that as of August 18th, 72% of ONU students are vaccinated entering into the fall semester. ONU states that the number can be attributed to the fact that the university offered the vaccine to students right on campus, as well as a recent lottery that was held for those vaccinated. The lottery saw a handful of prizes handed out to those students who showed that they are vaccinated. Prizes ranged from electronic devices to money for tuition. 

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They have been going over data from studies of vaccinated individuals and the rate of COVID-19 cases among them. Health officials say the vaccine is working to keep most breakthrough cases at a lesser severity and say the best protection is the vaccine. While numbers of cases do continue to rise Allen County Public Health is preparing to follow CDC guidelines about providing the booster shot.

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The incentives to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot are still rolling out, but this time with the opportunity to earn $100. Ohioans that get at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine between now and September 15th could receive a $100 Visa gift card in an initiative called "Vax on the Spot". Requirements include being a Medicaid or MyCare member, and age 18 or older. Pharmacies and community organizations are partnering with the program to provide vaccine clinics. There will be one at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Lima on Wednesday. The Chief Medical Officer for Paramount Health Care, Dr. Dee Ann Bialecki-Haase, says low vaccination rates in Ohio Medicaid members compared to the general population prompted this idea.

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We are less than a month away from the start of a new school year for most of our area, but what that will look like with the continuance of COVID-19? The Ohio Department of Health met this morning to discuss updates about virus protection in schools. Although there were no mandates, three layers of protection were advised. They include having a COVID-19 vaccine in all staff and eligible students, mask wearing by unvaccinated individuals, and additional health measures, such as proper ventilation and regular disinfecting. In addition, Ohio has seen the number of other routine shots dropping. However, health officials say parents do not need to pick and choose between a COVID-19 shot and other child immunizations.