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More companies announce COVID-19 vaccine mandates; Gov. Mike DeWine says the policy is divisive

For a list of Northeast Ohio schools, venues and stores requiring a COVID -19 vaccine or masks, text the word "MANDATE" to 216-344-3300 and we will send you a link.

CLEVELAND — Companies across the nation are announcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Some made the decision after President Biden's announcement of a mandate plan last week.

The prick of a needle in your arm has exposed how Northeast Ohioans differ on how to manage the spread of the coronavirus.

“Honestly, I think they're overstepping their bounds,” Tyler Harris said.

“If they asked me to get vaccinated, I would to keep my job,” Kevin Adler said.

President Biden and companies aren't just asking anymore, they're enforcing.

The new mandate plan requires that employers with more than 100 employees require COVID-19 vaccines or proof of a negative test.

Companies like CVS, Walmart, Amtrak, and dozens of others, including 3News’ parent company, TEGNA, require employees get the vaccine.

“This is lifesaving," Pam McKenna told 3New, “I support it.”

“By you mandating it, it's me losing my right in general,” Marilyn Johnson said.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine doubled down Monday, telling 3News he doesn't back the president's plan, while acknowledging the slow rise in Ohioans getting vaccinated.

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“It just takes us down this political pathway that everybody kind of gets their armor up,” DeWine said. “It's not where we want to be but it's double what it was a month ago. We ought to try and focus, stay focused on the science.”

Regardless of approach, the decision is split for Northeast Ohioans with both sides of the aisle firm in their beliefs.

“I think it should be up to each company to make a decision whether or not it's right for their company,” David Blocksom said.

“Working together and being cooperative is the best thing we can do,” Larissa DaSilva said.

When asked if Ohio would sue the president's plan, DeWine said he has spoken to state Attorney General Dave Yost about the topic but wouldn't give a yes or no answer. He added that the decision is in Yost's hands.

For a complete list of Northeast Ohio schools, venues and stores requiring a COVID -19 vaccine or masks, text the word "MANDATE" to 216-344-3300 and we will send the link right to your phone, or click here.

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