The great city of Austin, Texas is pushing to vaccinate workers in the hospitality industry this weekend.
According to Eater, restaurant workers can register online for a vaccination appointment on either Saturday, May 1, or Sunday, May 2. Appointments will occur at the Circuit of the Americas at 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m local time. Vaccination will not cost anything, and is available for all who register, regardless of their immigration status.
This vaccination push is part of the Great Texas Hospitality Worker Vaccine Drive, a joint effort mounted by the Texas Restaurant Association, the Texas Food & Wine Alliance, and Good Work Austin.
“There is an urgency to vaccinate our restaurant workers who are serving guests every day in the dining rooms of Texas,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association (via Yahoo). “In addition to the resolute precautions taken by restaurants, a vaccine against COVID-19 will provide one more level of protection for our employees. We are thankful for the tremendous support shown by like-minded organizations, sports teams, hospitals, and other partners who are committed to helping our industry’s best asset – its people.”
“We’re so grateful for the incredible support we all receive from our statewide hospitality community and are thrilled to partner with TRA and Good Work Austin to ensure our hospitality workers in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio have this opportunity to receive vaccinations as soon as possible,” echoed Mariam Parker, Executive Director of the Texas Food and Wine Alliance.
“After the worst year in the history of the restaurant community, it’s incredibly exciting to see workers finally getting the resources we need to protect ourselves,” added Chef Michael Fojtasek, Chef Owner of Olamaie and member of Good Work Austin. “I am grateful to all of the people who have stepped up to organize and support this effort to help a highly vulnerable population.”
At present, 25.9 percent of Texans are fully vaccinated.