Throughout the pandemic we have heard over and over again that “no one is safe until everyone is safe”.
This message is echoed by London GP Dr Sharon Raymond, who is putting his words into action in the form of the Vaxi Taxi project, which helps vulnerable people access COVID-19[female[feminine vaccinations.
She launched the initiative in February, through the COVID Crisis Rescue Foundation, of which she is the director.
The foundation has partnered with NHS England and third sector organizations, such as housing charities, to support people who have difficulty accessing healthcare.
Black taxis pick people up and take them to pop-up vaccination centers, or they can get their shot in the back of the taxi.
Dr Raymond told Sky News: “We are really thinking of the homeless, people sleeping rough, those with uncertain immigration status or people with communication difficulties, physical disabilities or no. ‘having no internet access. “
For those who are nervous about coming forward, she says, “Come see us, we are here to discuss immunization with you to allay your fears.”
She adds: “We don’t need to know your immigration status or anything like that and you don’t need an NHS number, we’re just here to help.”
Nigel has been a black cab driver for over 30 years and helps transport people to pop-up centers. He says the reaction from passengers has been overwhelmingly positive and people are “totally” to get their hang of it.
By playing music and handing out a free lunch, the COVID Crisis Rescue Foundation hopes to create a relaxed atmosphere at its sites.
Dr Raymond says it is also a chance to offer additional services. Cardiologists, podiatrists and soon a dentist will be on hand to provide care and …
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This notice was published: 2021-05-23 18:47:00