By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Debra Teufel with the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce is excited to see high-contact critical workers get vaccinated and the Chamber has been working with the Reno County Health Department to make that happen.
"Employers could opt in to come to a pod that was already set up, which we know has been very efficient, at the Sports Arena," Teufel said. "If there was a number of workers that made sense for them to go out on site, they offered to do that, as well. Tyson is one, I believe Kuhn Krause is offering that for their employees. Dillons offered to manage their workforce themselves, because, of course, Dillons as a pharmacy operation, is getting a supply, too."
Teufel believes all the large employers who qualify have chosen one or the other method of getting employees vaccinated.
"We need people to have confidence that they are safe when they are going to work, when they are going out to a store in the community," Teufel said. "We need to heighten that level of safety. Now that we've gotten through the elder population for the most part, especially those that are most at risk, I just think the next point is, it's been quite a disruption for businesses that have had COVID present in their workplace, then it spreads and then you have an attendance issue and then, all of a sudden, it disrupts your chain of business. It means so much to, especially the manufacturers out there that need to keep producing goods. They can't have a critical point in their production line disrupted."
The next vaccination clinic for those workers is Monday at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. You can apply for a time at the Reno County website.