Slotkin calls health department vaccination clinic ‘uplifting’; visits Aberrant Ales in downtown Howell

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U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, said she saw one of the most uplifting sights she’s seen in the past nine months: a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Livingston County Health Department on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in which more than 100 front-line workers got their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

“The health department has done great work standing up these clinics, mobilizing a small army of vaccinators and traffic controllers, and implementing the required protocols to get these shots in arms,” Slotkin said. “They are prepared when the supply of vaccine is available to expand this process to mass vaccination clinics and give thousands of shots in a single weekend.”

Slotkin said she was grateful to the scientists, doctors, nurses, and volunteers.

“Special thanks to Livingston County Health Director Dianne McCormick, Medical Director Dr. Juan Marquez, and Public Health Nurse Elaine Brown for showing me around, and to Livingston County Administrator Nathan Burd for joining me,” Slotkin said.

While in Howell, the Congresswoman stopped in at Aberrant Ales in downtown Howell.

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“There’s no doubt our restaurants have been among the industries hardest hit by the pandemic,” Slotkin said. “Today I had the chance to hear from Clark and Lisa Gill, the owners of Aberrant Ales in downtown Howell.”

The Gills shared their experience navigating shutdowns, federal loans, state grants, the switch to carryout, and other challenges.

“I am so proud of the resolve and fortitude our local businesses have shown,” Slotkin said. “And I will continue to do everything I can to support them at the federal level.”

Slotkin urged everyone to do their part locally by getting carryout, like she did at Aberrant Ales: “I loved the chicken sandwich and feta fries,” she said.

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