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MetroHealth, local health officials team up to help administer vaccine to homeless

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 07:37:37-05

CLEVELAND — Nearly 100 individuals received their COVID-19 vaccine as part of an effort by the MetroHealth System, Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to serve the homeless community.

Healthcare workers administered the vaccines to those who work or stay at the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter, the state’s largest homeless shelter.

“MetroHealth has a long history of providing health care and other services to our community’s most vulnerable, including the homeless population,” MetroHealth CEO and President Akram Boutros, MD said in a press release. “This vaccination program will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and make everyone safer.”

MetroHealth said that those living in shelters are at the highest risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19, which made the initiative that much more important.

The program to help vaccinate the homeless community will continue as long as vaccines remain available, MetroHealth said.