White’s Travel Center opens regular vaccination clinic for truckers
RAPHINE, Va. (WDBJ) – “We get around 2,000 trucks a day,” said Bobby Berkstresser, owner of White’s Travel Center. “We actually do about 5,000 cash register transactions a day, so not just truck drivers, but tourists and locals, a combination of everyone.
White’s Travel Center is a busy place.
“White’s is at the intersection of 81 and 64,” said Dr Rob Marsh. “And so it’s a big area, a lot of traffic, and I’m really optimistic that we can attract a lot of people and fight this virus.”
Dr. Marsh does this by bringing vaccines to people where they are, which for truckers is the truck stop.
“When we realized, chatting with Bobby, that we have this whole population of drivers who couldn’t get the vaccine, for whatever reason,” he said, “if they couldn’t get their shot. going to a vaccination center or if that was not convenient for them.
“I’m not sure everyone understands how important trucking is,” Berkstresser said. “If we don’t get deliveries, nothing happens.”
“They have all three vaccines,” said Rep. Ben Cline (R-6th Dist.). He stopped to take a look.
“We’re trying to keep 81 the economic backbone of Virginia, and for that to happen we need to get the truckers vaccinated,” Cline said.
“It’s our business,” Berkstresser said. “But the more we can do, the better for both of us.”
They plan to have the clinic every Tuesday through Thursday throughout the summer.
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