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Local restaurant owner receives first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine

Local restaurant workers were given the green light to receive their first doses of the Coronavirus vaccine.

Posted: Mar 4, 2021 6:09 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2021 6:56 PM

CHICO, Calif. -  The owner of Sin of Cortez in Chico received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

Danielle Ius, the owner of Sin of Cortez, said she received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The owner of the Sin of Cortez restaurant and a third of her employees received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday.

“It’s the beginning of the end,” Ius said. “It’s a step in the right direction.”

She said it was important to her to get the shot in order to to see her parents, who are considered at high risk, safely.

“The first six months, seven months of this, I only saw my mom in the drive-through when she would come through and get food, so it was hard,” said Ius.

To see her parents was not her only reason for getting the shot.

One of the concerns for Ius is making sure customers feel safe when serving them at their table.

“There is a family that wants to come in and they have a daughter who has down syndrome who is very at risk, they have been very cautious and knowing that the majority of the staff has been vaccinated and you know safe and elderly parents to bring in that I want to give them a sense of comfort,” Ius said.

Ius said as of now, she is feeling fine after receiving the vaccine and receives her second dose on March 24.

“Every day I talk to customers that have their first and second shot and the security I see in their eyes is pretty amazing,” Ius said.

Ius said she has 15 employees. A third of them received their first doses of the vaccine Wednesday and she is hoping more of her staff will be able to receive the vaccine soon once more appointments become available.

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