Getting hospitality workers to front of vaccine line

The British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) announced yesterday that they are working with Interior Health to help those working in the hospitality sector get vaccinated.

Those working in the sector who have not yet received their first dose of the vaccine and those who have now hit 28 days since their first dose and qualify for their second dose can stop in at one of two locations this Sunday without an appointment.

These locations will have a dedicated VIP lane to give hospitality workers front of line opportunity to drop in to get their vaccine. To get front-of-line access, individuals are asked to show proof of employment with a pay stub or have their employer forward the email they received from the BCRFA confirming that they are an employee of the establishment.

Front-of-line opportunities on August 1, 2021

  • Trinity Church Kelowna – 1905 Springfield Rd, Kelowna – 9am-2pm and 3pm-7pm
  • Kelowna Yacht Club – 1370 Water St, Kelowna – 3pm-7pm

“It is very important that we get our hospitality staff vaccinated, and thus are working with Interior Health to streamline the process and make getting vaccinated as convenient as possible for those in our industry,” comments Ian Tostenson, CEO/President, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association.

“We appreciate the support and assistance from Interior Health. Our restaurants have suffered greatly during the pandemic and we want to do what we can to help prevent further restaurant closures at what is the busiest time of year for our industry.”

“Young people have the power to influence the central Okanagan’s COVID-19 outbreak,” said Interior Health interim chief medical health officer, Dr. Sue Pollock. “We know the majority of new COVID-19 cases are among unimmunized young adults. Service industry staff are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure and we are thankful to the BCRFA for helping us bring them the added protection of COVID-19 vaccine.”

The BCRFA and Interior Health will be working together to set-up future opportunities for front of line vaccination, dates will be released at a later time.

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