Ohio needs to spend money on struggling small businesses instead of vaccine incentive stunt

Ohio businesses are not out of the woods from the pandemic.

Small business owners are facing inflation, a worker shortage, and the lingering effects of shutdowns and capacity limitations.

But that doesn’t seem to be of concern to Ohio’s leaders. Gov. Mike DeWine has done little to aid struggling entrepreneurs. Instead, he’s focused on failed strategies to encourage residents to get vaccinated.

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It’s a noble cause to be sure; I would encourage everyone to receive the vaccine. But the effort and money spent has largely been done in vein.

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Operation Warp Speed was a big success. It helped American innovators develop effective and safe vaccines rapidly so schools and businesses could reopen safely. The vaccines have been available to every adult, free of charge, for months. Those who want to get vaccinated have, in large part, done so. 

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