10:54 am February 11, 2022
Unvaccinated people are being offered free taxi rides and ‘worry clinics’ as health bosses step up efforts to persuade the last doubters to get their Covid shots.
So-called “jab taxis” are enlisted to transport people to their nearest vaccination center in a bid to fill the last gaps in the region’s rollout.
And a series of clinics have also been scheduled to help allay the fears of those who are still skeptical of the jab.
To date, the Norfolk and Waveney deployment has been one of the most effective in the country, with 94% of over-18s in the region receiving a first dose, 2% more than the national average.
This month, the rollout has been extended to include children aged 5-11 who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
But with continued reluctance in parts of the county, the Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group has lined up a series of “worry clinics” where people can go to discuss their concerns and – if their fears are allayed – finally get their shot.
The clinics will be led by trained healthcare professionals who can talk to people about their concerns about the vaccine and offer doses of the Pfizer vaccine – whether it’s the first, second or booster dose.
And the GCC will also offer a service known as “Jab Cab”, offering free round-trip taxi rides for anyone to go and get a Covid-19 shot.
Howard Martin, Director of Population Health and Health Inequalities Management at GCC, said: “We are acutely aware that – for a variety of reasons – there are still many people who need more time, information or support to make the decision to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
“That’s why we’re pleased to be able to offer Worry Clinics in locations across Norfolk to help reach these people and offer them the support they need to get vaccinated.
“No question or concern is too small, and anyone who needs a quiet space and a listening ear to help them through the process will have a chance of getting it at Worry Clinics. .”
Where are the clinics and how to get a taxi
Worry clinics will be held at the following locations:
- Alive Lynnsport, Greenpark Avenue, King’s Lynn – Friday February 11 and 18, Saturday February 26 – 9am to 6pm
- Chapel Break Village Hall, Bowthorpe – Tuesday 15th February – 8.30am to 3.30pm
- St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, every Wednesday until March 30 – 12pm-6pm
- The Charles Burrell Centre, Thetford, Thursday 17/24 February – 1pm to 6pm
To arrange a ‘Jab Cab’, book a Covid-19 jab appointment online or check which walk-in center you would like to go to, then call a participating taxi company to book your ride.
The following taxi companies participate:
- Taxis from Perry, Thetford
- Tan Cars, South Norfolk
- Swaffham Taxis Ltd
- Harling Taxis
- Carlo’s cabin services
- The cars of Paul, Watton
- Home James Cars
- Al Cars, Swaffham
- Salec Travel, Pays du Breck
- Taxis LJ, Thetford
- Our Recruitment, Acle
- Direct taxis. Swanton Morley
- Airport drivers
- Taxis from Ryan, Dereham
- Fast Taxis, Great Yarmouth
- Compass Travel, Great Yarmouth
- Ocean Cabins, Great Yarmouth
- Alpha Cabins, North Norfolk
- Taxi Holt
- North Norfolk Community Transport
- Taxis Anglia, Sheringham
- Elite Cabins, North Norfolk
- Fast Taxi, Norwich
- Company Taxis, Norwich
- Smart Choice Taxis, Norwich
- ABC Taxis, Norwich
- Andrew Harvey, Norwich
- Bestway Taxis, Norwich
- Taxis in Spixworth
- Tom Fuller Private Hire
- Silverline, Norwich
- Canary Cars, Norwich
- Norwich door to door, Norwich
- First Class Taxis, South Norfolk
- Station taxis, Wymondham
- Chet Taxis, South Norfolk
- Taxi KO, West Norfolk
- West Norfolk Community Transport
- Alz Travel, King’s Lynn
- Jez’s Cabin, West Norfolk
- Trav cars, Downham Market
- Steve’s Taxi Services, West Norfolk