AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Members on the Front Lines in Lake County

Carol Tackett, right, and Arielle Hillard registering individuals getting COVID 19 vaccinations. 

AFSCME Ohio Council 8 members of Local 3622 at the Lake County General Health District are on the front lines working together to distribute and administer COVID 19 vaccinations to the more than 230,000 residents of the county located on the coast of Lake Erie.  

According to Paul Stromp, president of the 40-member union and a14-year employee, “the whole department is working together – our nurses are administering the vaccine, other staff directing traffic, registering people, doing case tracking, and working the phones answering questions and walking older folks through the online registration process.”

Carol Tackett, a 25-year nurse and union member, is proud that the Lake County General Health District staff is working as a team to vaccinate as many county residents as possible. “We get anywhere from 200 to 400 doses a week and I’m proud to say we have not wasted or lost a single one. But 400 doses don’t go far in a county our size,” she said.

The community cooperation goes beyond the Health District as the area’s other local government offices, including a fire department, equipment maintenance garages and other locations were made available to provide readily accessible drive-through vaccination clinics across the county.

“I have never been so proud of my union sisters and brothers and my community for the way we’ve all come together during this time of need,” Tackett said. 

The health district is anticipating an increase to over 1,500 vaccination doses a week soon and will be ready to administer them to the residents of Lake County as they become available.

 

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