CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A restaurant company in downtown Charleston is helping hundreds of local food and beverage workers get vaccinated.
Butcher and Bee Owner Michael Shemtov says his team decided to bring vaccinations to their employees after hearing concerns from people struggling to get appointments.
Shemtov also owns The Daily and The Workshop and he says he wants to help all his employees get vaccinated Tuesday.
Shemtov has partnered with Liberty Doctors, a doctors office with locations in Charleston, North Charleston, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner. Liberty Doctors CEO Lissa Lara says she suggested they invite more food and beverage workers to the vaccination event to make it a big event.
“These are folks that are serving the community and could potentially be hotspots for COVID,” Lara said. “So, we felt like it was important to get those folks vaccinated.”
Shemtov says he and his staff reached out to a diverse range of restaurants around the peninsula and then other areas of Charleston.
“While it’s a big relief to see so many appointments open up, the reality is, there’s some vaccine hesitancy and there’s some people who are not vaccine hesitant, that just have to find a way to fit it into their lives and their day,” Shemtov said. “So, I think to whatever extent that we can bring vaccines to people, it’s going to be helpful.”
Shemtov says they plan to administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to about 430 food and beverage workers on Tuesday. Organizers say participants must make an appointment before arriving and all appointments are now full.
Liberty Doctors will be using the space at The Workshop located at 1503 King Street downtown for the clinic. They say they plan give 10 vaccines every 10 minutes.
Shemtov says any worker getting vaccinated on Tuesday is guaranteed their second dose in three weeks as well.
Liberty Doctors is currently planning similar clinics like this one, and Lara says they’ll announce them once plans are finalized.