What you missed in Columbus for Oct. 25

COVID vaccine boosters and shots for kids; Ohio's 2020 deaths outpace births; early voting info; the Crew's playoffs hopes likely dashed; and more from the weekend.

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Columbus Crew forward Miguel Berry (27) bends down in defeat after a goal is scored by New York to bring the score to 2-1 during the Major League Soccer game in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.

Toward the end of last week, the CDC endorsed booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after previously endorsing booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine. The agency also backed the "mix-and-match" strategy, in which people immunized with one company’s vaccine receive a different vaccine for the booster.

Over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that children ages 5 to 11 may be eligible for COVID vaccines by early November. On Tuesday, Oct. 26, an FDA advisory panel will consider Pfizer’s application to make its vaccine eligible to the 5-to-11 age group.

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Max Filby at the Columbus Dispatch reports that, for the first time in modern history, Ohio had more deaths than births in 2020: "About 143,661 Ohioans died last year while 129,313 were born, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health. ... 'It doesn't surprise me at all,' said Dr. Joseph Gastaldo, medical director of infectious diseases for OhioHealth. 'It's COVID, clearly.'"

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Beginning today (Monday, Oct. 25), Franklin County residents can vote early in person from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Board of Elections office, 1700 Morse Road, for the Nov. 2 election. (Previously, early voting closed at 5 p.m. on weekdays.) The office will also be open for early voting this weekend and on Monday, Nov. 1, during these hours: Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 31, 1-5 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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According to Joel Souza, director of the film "Rust," actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the movie that involved pointing a revolver at the camera when the gun unexpectedly fired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Souza was also wounded in the shooting.

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On Saturday, the Buckeyes easily handled Indiana on the road, beating the Hoosiers 54-7. The Crew weren't so lucky, losing 2-1 at home against the New York Red Bulls. "With a loss against the Red Bulls, the Crew aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, but it would take an absolute miracle for the defending MLS Cup champions to be among the top seven teams in the East in the postseason," writes Jacob Myers.

After an OT winner on Thursday, the Blue Jackets fell to the Hurricanes 5-1 on Saturday night, moving the team's early season record to 3-2-0.