Limousines & Vaccines: Local service helps travelers get inoculated

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MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – Dennis and Debbie Root are passing through the area from out of state. They just got their second Pfizer shot.

“We’re here visiting family, and just happen to be able to get our shot here,” Dennis said. “So, that’s why we’re here mainly.”

They’re dedicated to life on the road in an RV.

“So, our home state is New York, but we’re not going to be there for a while,” Debbie said. “So, it’s nice that we’re finally able to get it in another place.”

That place is here at the booster shot clinic at the Odessa Regional Medical Center. While they didn’t take a plane to get here, some people are doing just that.

“We’ve taken several different groups from Houston, from the Dallas area,” said John Lewallen.

John owns and operates Big John’s Limo service in Midland. In his 23 years of business, the pandemic was the one thing that put the brakes on his service, and most of the private transportation industry.

There were no parties, no birthdays, no weddings, and no proms to take people to. So recently, when the vaccine started coming out, little by little, John started picking people up at the airport.

“We’ve taken several different groups around,” Lewallen said. “We’re lined up for the next several weeks.”

His guests are people who traveled some way to get their Coronavirus vaccine here in the Basin because they couldn’t get it at home.

Maybe it wasn’t available locally, or their area lacked the medical resources.

“I’m glad we are able to do that, to get people vaccinated because the alternative is not a good one,” Lewallen said.

So, with the state of Texas opening up vaccines to all adults, more people started giving Big John a call to pick them up.

“They’re happy about it. It’s a happy thing.”

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April 22 2021 09:00 am