Our Opinion: A Misleading Vote in St. Joseph County with Public Health at stake | Opinion

The last-minute rescue that will allow the St. Joseph County Department of Health to hire more workers for its COVID-19 vaccine clinic comes with a sigh of relief and a moment to scratch your head.

Why did a county council member block a health department request, which comes as the state plans to increase the county’s daily amount of vaccines to 1,000 doses?

Due to council rules, a single vote cast by Councilor Mark Root, R-District I, was enough to keep the request from entering the board agenda on Tuesday evening. He threatened to postpone funding for extra workers by at least a month. This prompted Andy Kostielney, chairman of the county commissioners, to issue an executive order allowing the department to hire more workers. County…

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