MetroHealth Vaccinates Local Faith Leaders Who Also Encourage Citizens to Roll Up Sleeves
Cleveland - The MetroHealth System has released a video showing some of Northeast Ohio’s faith leaders urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The attached video is part of an ongoing public awareness campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and represent our best opportunity to reduce the spread to the virus. They are our best hope for a return to hugs, backyard barbecues, family vacations and some semblance of normalcy. MetroHealth leaders strongly encourage our patients to get vaccinated.
We also understand some people have concerns about the vaccine, and might be hesitant to get it. This is particularly true in communities of color, where memories of past unethical medical studies around vaccines remain fresh.
With that in mind, MetroHealth has reached out to trusted voices in Northeast Ohio to help encourage others to get vaccinated. Several older religious leaders who have been active in Greater Cleveland for decades were invited to participate in this ongoing campaign. We hope their willingness to get vaccinated and talk about their experiences will result in many more people getting their shots. By doing so, we will more quickly reduce the spread of COVID-19 and make Northeast Ohio a healthier, safer place for everyone.
Those interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to visit https://www.metrohealth.org/covid-19/covid-vaccine for the latest updates. Because of limited supply, there may be delays in getting vaccinated, even for those in the category of people eligible to get vaccinated.
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.