Offenburg, Germany – Warewashing equipment manufacturer HOBART provided vaccinations to 148 employees at the company in mid-June. A medical team from the IAS (Institute for Occupational Health) informed the workforce in advance and administered the vaccine at the Elgersweier site. The campaign is yet another milestone in the fight against the pandemic.
The reason why the company was one of the first in the region to offer vaccinations for employees is primarily due to the fact that HOBART ordered the vaccine very early on. Manfred Kohler, Vice President Sales and Production, explained that "Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been able to implement many things quickly and unbureaucratically. We formed a “Corona Task Force”, installed several temperature measuring stations, and set up test stations as one of the first companies in Offenburg – and then shared our knowledge with other companies. We also wanted to act as quickly as possible to offer the workforce a vaccination option directly at work."
Anyone interested in a vaccination could register in advance for an appointment. The demand was high, and the vaccinated employees are delighted that they were able to get the vaccine in such an uncomplicated way. Two HOBART sales representatives even travelled to Offenburg to benefit from the vaccination offer. “I’m really happy that I’m finally vaccinated,” says employee Alessandra Burgert. I had tried several times to get an appointment at the vaccination centre and had also been on the waiting list with my family doctor for weeks – all without success." Valentin Burkart is already looking forward to the advantages that he will enjoy in about eight weeks after the second vaccination, plus waiting time: “Finally, I’m going to eat together with my colleagues in the canteen again and go to events without taking a test. I’m already counting the days!”