White's Travel Center of Raphine, Virginia, is scheduled to host mobile vaccine clinics May 25-27 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
White's has partnered with Dr. Marsh of Raphine Medical Associates, the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Governor's office to host the vaccine clinics.
Dr. Marsh and his staff will be administering the vaccinations inside of Destination Station. Dr. Marsh has obtained Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Appointments are not required.
NATSO is urging members to host a vaccine clinic Memorial Day Weekend.
In recent weeks, several NATSO members have hosted successful vaccine clinics:
Iowa 80 Group partnered with Hy-Vee Pharmacy to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics at five of their sites in May;
JC Seneca Foundation partnered with G-Health Enterprises to host a vaccination pop-up clinic at Native Pride Travel Center in New York; among others.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:
Although everyone is now eligible for vaccines and more pharmacies and locations have vaccines available, truck drivers continue to face significant challenges in accessing vaccines.
The truckstop and travel plaza industry can help truck drivers access a vaccine regardless of their state residency. We can also provide drivers the chance to receive their second vaccination, even though they received the first dose at a different site.
Truckstops and travel plazas are uniquely designed to accommodate truck drivers who find it difficult to park at a traditional pharmacy or other vaccination site.
For NATSO members that offer annual flu clinics or blood drives: you already have established relationships in your community that can be utilized to oversee and administer vaccine distribution at your site.
By vaccinating our own industry’s truckstop employees, we can amplify the breadth and scope of vaccination deployment across the communities in which we operate.
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