Salvador Martinez, 30, gets his first COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic his employer, Hytec Kohler, brought to the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Salvador Martinez, 30, gets his first COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic his employer, Hytec Kohler, brought to the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Spallumcheen workers get a shot at COVID-19 protection

Hytec Kohler brings Interior Health vaccination clinic on site

Jeff Keller is hopeful he can see his grandkids soon now that he’s had his second COVID-19 vaccination.

The 56-year-old Grindrod resident got a follow-up shot of Pfizer thanks to his employer.

Hytec Kohler brought Interior Health to the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14, to offer vaccinations to any of the employees who wanted them.

“We wanted to give that platform to the associates so that they have an opportunity to get vaccinated and hopefully we will get back to normal,” HR generalist Maral Arvin said.

Keller watched as his co-workers got theirs but he was in line, too, hoping he could get his second shot.

“It’s just my own personal opinion get it done, I don’t like the mask, I want to see my grandkids,” said Keller, who had his first shot about one month earlier in Salmon Arm.

Most people are told the second vaccination could take four months, but there are opportunities at participating clinics to get it earlier.

READ MORE: More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Salvador Martinez, 30, was one of the approximately 50 workers who got the shot, with more expected at a second clinic planned for May 21 for those who missed the first.

“I was going to do it any way but since the company brought it here I figured I might as well do it today,” Martinez said, after hardly flinching from the needle, which he said was way quicker and less painful than the tattoos on his other arm.

Arvin, 32, also had her first shot at work that day. She was the only one to bleed, which nurses said is rare, but she felt fine. In fact, it was a small step towards her dream of one day soon being able to take the mask off and travel.

“I wanted to get the shot not only to protect myself but to protect my family as well,” Arvin said.

There are approximately 135 employees at Kohler and Arvin is proud to say there haven’t been any cases of coronavirus among those in the company.

Bringing the opportunity to be vaccinated to the worksite made it easier for staff whose schedules don’t allow them to access community clinics or wait in line at pharmacies.

“There are lots of people that are indifferent,” health and safety specialist Rob Bacon said.

“If it’s there, they’ll do it so we’re hoping we capture those people.”

READ MORE: 69 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Interior Health


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Business and IndustrialCoronavirus

 

Empty viles of the Pfizer vaccine line a container at an Interior Health clinic in Vernon. (IH photo)

Empty viles of the Pfizer vaccine line a container at an Interior Health clinic in Vernon. (IH photo)

Pre-prepped needles of the Pfizer vaccination are ready to be given at a clinic at Hytec Kohler Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Pre-prepped needles of the Pfizer vaccination are ready to be given at a clinic at Hytec Kohler Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Just Posted

The Shuswap River in Enderby draws in people from near and far in the summer months of each year. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
RDNO ends lengthy attempt to bring new boating regulations to Shuswap River

With no consensus among stakeholders or remaining funds, the regional district is moving on

The final phase of Vernon’s north-south travel corridor on 29th and 30th Streets will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2021. (Shawn Talbot Photography)
Vernon’s 39th Avenue rail crossing closed tomorrow for warning system upgrades

The final phase of the city’s double roundabout intersection is starting months earlier than expected

sdaf
Lake Country home destroyed in large blaze, 11 dogs rescued

Fire crews are responding to 10839 Hallam Drive

Fanny Chapman doesn’t just serve up Mexican flavours at the Kal Lake Food concession at Kal Beach, she also teaches Spanish. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernonites asked to share funniest Spanish translation stories

Mexicans living in town holding a contest to offer free Spanish classes

(City of Enderby photo)
Enderby council honours local volunteer ‘cornerstone’

Melvin Slater receives the Lifetime Civic Merit Award for his decades of work with service organizations

Bear wanders Kelowna on June 15. (Michelle Wallace/Facebook)
Bear climbs fence, uses crosswalk in Kelowna

The bear was spotted on Baron Road Wednesday evening

This photo of the small wildfire burning above Naramata was taken at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 (Monique Tamminga Western News)
BC Wildfire on scene of small wildfire above Naramata

Smoke has been showing since earlier in the day

Students in the Grade 10 entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School have completed a cookbook with international recipes. (Contributed)
Summerland students create virtual international cookbook

Entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School uses virtual cookbook as fundraiser

Hundreds of people, young and old, joined the three-day Walking Our Spirits Home procession, honouring residential school survivors, those who never made it home and all those affected by the institutions. Here people walk the third portion on June 13. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Walking Our Spirits Home from Kamloops provides path to healing

First Nations in and beyond Secwépemc territory join in to honour residential school survivors

More flames
Lake Country home destroyed in large blaze, 11 dogs rescued

Fire crews are responding to 10839 Hallam Drive

(Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Kelowna Cabs reaches tentative agreement with dispatchers union

The tentative agreement could help end the dispute between the taxi company and the dispatchers

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

201 First Street West 1980s. Prior revitalization. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Man who redesigned downtown Revelstoke honoured with lifetime achievement award

Robert Inwood has worked on historical projects across the province

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

Most Read