Cuyahoga County works through process of getting COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers

Director Terry Allan of the County Board of Health hopes people are patient as vaccinating health care workers in the county is a massive job.

Cuyahoga County works through process of getting COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The vaccine rollout continues across Northeast Ohio and the greater Cleveland area, and there are some who wish the process would move a bit quicker.

Terry Allan, the director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, calls the logistical process to get the vaccine to those who want it a “monster” and hopes that the process will be met with patience.

“In our county, 20% of the workforce is in health care-related jobs,” Allan said, “It’s going to take us some time and we really want people to have some patience.”

Allan and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health held a briefing on the rollout on Friday afternoon.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is pushing the timeline as he has recently released the dates for seniors and school district personnel to begin the vaccination process.

Allan is anxious to make that happen in Cuyahoga County, but there are some steps that need to be taken first.

“We need to make the vaccine more widely available to a range of different people to provide that vaccine to workers in schools and seniors,” Allan said.

While Allan preaches patience he will pay very close attention to the details, the numbers that he hopes will soon start to tell a new, encouraging story,

“At some point, we’ll see a downward trend of cases and it will be matched by an upward trend of our vaccines and were excited about that time because it will be a turning point for us,” he said.

Keeping our families safe, and getting our kids back in school are big goals, one the county is hopeful of meeting very soon.

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