Many Stark health care staff, half at nursing homes, unvaccinated

A Canton firefighter receives the COVID vaccine from a Canton Public Health worker.

CANTON – It has been more than six months since frontline health care workers became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Ohio, but in Stark County many of those working on ambulance crews, in nursing homes and in hospitals remain unvaccinated.

In some cases, especially in nursing homes and on ambulance crews, rates of vaccination among health care workers is below the 46% vaccination rate for working-age people in Stark.

Vaccination rates for employees of Stark County’s two principal health care providers are 65% for Aultman and 75% for the Cleveland Clinic system-wide, according to spokespeople for the pair. Neither hospital system is providing individual location rates that would indicate whether Aultman Hospital, Aultman Alliance Hospital or the Cleveland Clinic Mercy Medical Center vary significantly from the system averages.

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