MetroHealth, Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Collaborate to Vaccinate at Homeless Shelter
The MetroHealth System, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health worked together Friday to vaccinate nearly 100 people at the largest homeless shelter in Ohio.
Health care workers from MetroHealth administered the vaccines to those who work or stay at the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside. The vaccine was provided by the Cleveland Department of Public Health. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health provided additional support.
“MetroHealth has a long history of providing health care and other services to our community’s most vulnerable, including the homeless population,” said MetroHealth CEO and President Akram Boutros, MD. “This vaccination program will help reduces the spread of COVID-19 and make everyone safer.”
“The Cleveland Department of Public Health is working in partnership with Cuyahoga County and MetroHealth to prioritize the vaccine for our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Jackson. “Those without adequate housing can be especially vulnerable to COVID-19, but by working as a community we can help provide fair vaccine access and delivery for our citizens.”
Those living in shelters are at the highest risk of contracting and transmitting COVID. This program targeting the homeless population will continue as long as vaccines provided to the City of Cleveland remain available.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.