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This Chick-fil-A manager saved a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Here’s how

A Chick-fil-A manager in South Carolina offered some help on how to keep traffic from backing up during vaccinations

As dining rooms are closed, Chick-Fil-A plans to re-release their 2018 meal kit to drum up business. A Chick-fil-A manager in South Carolina offered some help about how to keep traffic from backing up during vaccinations.
As dining rooms are closed, Chick-Fil-A plans to re-release their 2018 meal kit to drum up business. A Chick-fil-A manager in South Carolina offered some help on how to keep traffic from backing up during vaccinations.
Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald via Associated Press

Chick-fil-A manager Jerry Walkowiak noticed a problem at his local COVID-19 vaccination clinic — there was too much traffic. So he decided to use his skill of navigating fast food drive-thrus to clear up the mess.

What happened

Hospitals in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, started distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible residents on Jan. 22, according to CNN.

  • But the drive-thru’s system went down, which caused a traffic delay for those awaiting their shots.
  • Walkowiak, the manager of a nearby Chick-fil-A, sprang into action once he heard about it. In fact, the mayor of the town called him to help figure out the mess.
  • “When I heard about it, I called Jerry and asked if he would come help us out,” Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie told CNN. “After he looked it over, he said, ‘There’s your problem right there. It’s backed up because you have one person checking people in.’ Then he showed us how to do it right.”

This should surprise no one, but the Chick-fil-A manager “transformed the messy traffic jam into a smooth operation, reducing the hours-long wait to just 15 minutes,” according to CNN.

What did the manager think?

Walkowiak told WCBD he will return to help the distribution on Feb. 12 when people return for their second dose.

  • “At Chick-fil-A, we’re about being the most caring company in the world, and when Mayor Haynie asked us to come over, we took a look at what was their drive-thru system,” Walkowiak said. “We saw a little hiccup in their drive-thru system, and we needed some more people, so we gathered some of the wonderful Rotary volunteers and went down there and just was able to expedite the registration part.”

Meanwhile

Fast food manager and road race experts have been asked to help run these sites in places across the country, according to The Associated Press.

  • In fact, the state of Massachusetts asked Dave McGillivray, director of the Boston Marathon, to “to run mass vaccination operations at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park,” according to The Associated Press.