MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - MetroHealth staff provided vaccine doses at a mass vaccination site Tuesday as part of the race to protect Ohioans from COVID-19.
“Basically, you want to try and give someone a sense of hope,” Patricia Turner, one of the nurses providing vaccinations at the site, said.
Varying members of the Maple Heights community gathered for the second of the two-day vaccination event on Northfield Road. With doses in their arms, patients like Michele Chehil, who uses a wheelchair, were excited.
“It seems like it’s been so long since we’ve had our life,” she said, “especially being in this chair and I don’t get to get out that much.”
Around 2,000 people were expected to receive their dose Tuesday.
Dr. Brook Watts felt satisfied to see the location become a mass inoculation site in an area with a high demand for shots.
“We needed a larger space that really could accommodate the needs of our patients in the community,” she added.
Some nurses expected to administer around 10 vaccinations an hour.
Turner, who participated in similar events as early as February, can’t keep track of her personal count.
“I don’t count. I just serve,” she added.
Dr. Watts said the pandemic is far from over, and its duration will depend on the willingness of the public. “The reality is that some of it is in our control and some of it is not,” she said.
Medical workers like Turner will be more than ready to provide doses for whoever is next.
“If people are cooperative about getting their injections, then the time may be very short,” she said.