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U.S. Military honors CSU Staff of Wolstein Center Vaccination Clinic

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle

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CLEVELAND — Joint Task Force Magnus, consisting of the Ohio National Guard and U.S. Army personnel, held a ceremony at CSU’s Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland on June 8.

The ceremony was conducted to honor several CSU staff members for their work to ensure the efficient and safe operation of the largest COVID-19 vaccination center in Ohio.

CSU employees have made a significant contribution to making the mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center a major success.

Since March 17, more than 260,000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered, and nearly 127,000 people obtained both doses at the Wolstein Center.

“From start to finish, Covid vaccine operations went absolutely seamlessly, and that has everything to do with the amazing staff at CSU and Wolstein,” said Captain Daniel Lutz, Logistics Officer with the Ohio National Guard and military liaison to the Wolstein Center.

In line with the statement of Captain Lutz, Ohio National Guard Brigadier General and Status Commander of Joint Task Force Magnus Rebecca O’Connor said, “This university, this campus, and this staff were all perfect for this operation. It couldn’t have gone any better.”

Sima Merick, Director of Ohio’s Emergency Management Agency, also attended the ceremony and. She presented a paperweight constructed of stone from the original Ohio Statehouse to Forrest Faison III, M.D., Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation and Chief Healthcare Strategy Officer at CSU.

“On behalf of Governor Mike DeWine, we present this bit of Ohio history to Dr. Faison and each staff member at CSU Wolstein Center for your concern, excellence, and dedication in partnering with our military to make this vaccination site a true and historic achievement. You were all critical to the success of the vax program and have all made a tremendous difference in our community and in our state. You make Cleveland shine,” Merick said.

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