As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to gain steam, certain problems are beginning to surface related to the drug’s distribution.
In addition to determining which Americans are allowed to receive the vaccine first, there is also the issue of hours-long lines at vaccine sites across the nation, deterring some people from being inoculated.
Last week, one such COVID-19 vaccination site, at Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, S.C., was struggling with long waits and gridlock with traffic backed up for an hour.
“Right at the start the registration went down,” said the town’s mayor Will Haynie, citing a computer glitch.
Naturally, when Haynie heard about the massive traffic gridlock at the site, he called the local Chick-fil-A manager, Jerry Walkowiak, for an assist.
“I called him [Walkowiak] on my way over and he actually got there before I did,” Haynie told Fox News. “He was standing there. He was moving people along.”
Chic Fil A manager Jerry Walkowiak donating his professional drive thru experience to help our vaccination program in Mt Pleasant today. When you need help, call the pros. pic.twitter.com/63RvcVR8KJ
— Will Haynie (@willhaynie) January 22, 2021
Haynie said Walkowiak used the Chick-fil-A drive-thru method to speed things up, including walking up to drivers (in the rain) to make sure they had all of the proper paperwork then directing them to where they need to be to receive the vaccine.
Using this method, Haynie said Walkowiak was able to reduce the wait from an hour to 15 minutes.
“What Jerry did was he helped us go from a medical type mindset, where you pull up and speak to one person, to a retail mindset, where you figure out how to get as many cars through the first entrance as you can,” said Haynie.
Sooo… any chance Walkowiak can do something about the wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles? Just sayin’.