Salt Lake City’s Red Iguana hosting ‘hassle-free’ COVID-19 vaccine clinic

SALT LAKE CITY – Red Iguana has been known for its award-winning Mexican food for decades, but the family who run the restaurant are now keen to help serve COVID-19 vaccines to the more at-risk Salt Lake City residents.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, so they’re hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic in their parking lot at 900 West and 100 South on Friday August 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Many of their community workers live in multigenerational homes with limited access to health care, so they want to help protect their workers and others in the neighborhood from the virus.

“We still feel like the tragedy of the pandemic is ongoing,” said Bill Coker, co-owner of Red Iguana. “So many on the west side don’t have health insurance or an apartment.”

Red Iguana is calling it a no-problem zone with no assessment, and English and Spanish-speaking staff will be available to reassure people about the vaccine.

“It’s something that if we can spread it, it would help the community and pay back everything we got over 50 years,” added Coker. “Herd immunity has to be a real thing and without it we will look for” over the long haul. “

There are no guarantees in the restaurant business, Coker says, and even the red iguana may not survive another COVID-19 shutdown like last year.

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