Get a shot and stroll out with a beer.
That was the mantra at WeldWerks Brewing Co. on Saturday because the brewery hosted a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic to advertise quick access for neighborhood members to get their photographs.
Adults ages 18 and older who attended the occasion had the chance to get the one-time Johnson and Johnson vaccine in addition to a free pint, age-permitting, to get pleasure from whereas they waited out their 15-minute commentary interval.
Individuals who obtained their photographs on the onsite clinic, arrange beneath massive white tents erected within the brewery’s car parking zone at 508 eighth St., in addition to anybody who offered proof of vaccination obtained a limited-edition can of the brewery’s flagship Juicy Bits India Pale Ale.
“I got here out and needed to say, ‘Whats up,’ and I left with a few beers,” Weld County Commissioner Scott James quipped. “It’s not typically a county commissioner will get to depart with one thing good.”
The customized label learn “I Received Vaccinated” in addition to a be aware from the brewery employees thanking individuals for taking the time to get vaccinated.
“Whether or not you probably did it for your self, your loved ones, your neighborhood, or just for the free beer, we simply need to say ‘thanks’ for doing all of your half to assist cease the unfold of COVID-19,” the label learn.
Neil Fisher, WeldWerks co-founder and head brewer had the concept to host the clinic to be able to make the vaccines extra accessible to neighborhood members.
“We talked about this for a very long time. We noticed that appointments have been going unused and total throughout the entire state vaccinations have been down. We’re not making an attempt to make any assertion. We’re simply making an attempt to determine a solution to make this a bit of extra accessible,” Fisher defined. “We simply thought we’d get inventive like we did final yr with the hand sanitizer and stated ‘what can we do.’ Not that we are able to change something however we are able to make it a enjoyable atmosphere to get a vaccine. It’s positively extra enjoyable than doing it on the clinic.”
The brewery partnered with the Weld County Well being Division to tug off the occasion.
The shot-and-a-beer clinic opened 1:30 p.m. to a line of keen and excited individuals. By 2 p.m., nurses and volunteers on the clinic had shot 31 vaccines into arms with the brewery serving 31 free beers to blissful sufferers.
“Lots of people like the truth that it is just one dose,” clinic volunteer Margaret Trujillo stated. “They get their shot and their drink, and they’re good to go.”
For folk that have been a bit of nervous about getting a shot, the brewery had a separate space inside their constructing with a sofa, low lights and privateness.
The clinic at WeldWerks isn’t the one non-traditional COVID clinic that the well being division plans on internet hosting.
The division might be giving photographs in arms on the first Friday Fest of 2021 this upcoming Friday, Candace Urlik, Weld County Well being Division Environmental Well being specialist stated.
Nurses and medical volunteers might be arrange from 6-10 p.m. exterior the Downtown Growth Authority workplace, at 802 ninth St., for anybody wishing to get a vaccine.
“We’re tremendous excited. We can have our personal tent and it will likely be a closed off space for individuals to get the vaccine,” Urlik stated. “Then on Could twenty ninth we might be on the Greeley rec heart doing Pfizer for the 12-15 yr olds. We’re simply making an attempt to get on the market and attain individuals the place they’re.”
For those who missed Saturday’s clinic at WeldWerks, you may nonetheless nab your very personal restricted version “I Received Vaccinated” can of Juicy Bits can as provides final.
All you could do is present up on the brewery along with your accomplished vaccine card and a employees member will hand over a pint so that you can take residence.
“It’s extra of a thanks to the neighborhood as a enterprise,” Fisher stated. “We’re dedicated to utilizing any sources we now have to assist curb the pandemic.”
For extra info on WeldWerks Brewing Co. go to www.weldwerks.com.
To study extra about COVID-19 vaccine clinics provided in Greeley, Windsor, Evans and round Weld County, go to www.weldgov.com.