Community transport for covid vaccinations

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Kind-hearted volunteers have offered to give up their Christmas break to ensure local older people can access Covid vaccinations. Volunteer drivers from Moorlands Voluntary and Community Transport will be available 21st – 24th December and 28th – 31st December (and after New Year) to provide transport to those over 80s who have received a letter asking them to attend for a Covid vaccination. Sally Bentley, Chief Officer, says “usually this time of year sees the volunteers have a well-earned break, however this year has been somewhat extraordinary and we wanted to make sure no-one missed out on their vaccine simply because they couldn’t get to the sites”, Sally added “we ask that those over 80s who live in the Staffordshire Moorlands and receive a letter from the NHS inviting them to attend for a Covid vaccine, but will struggle to get there, to give us a ring and we will do our best to provide you with transport”. The voluntary transport scheme sees volunteer drivers use their own cars to transport people, for a small fare, who have no other means of attending the appointment.

Bookings can be made through the regular numbers for each part of the Staffordshire Moorlands – if you live in or around the Leek area please ring 01538 386888, if you live in or around the Cheadle area please ring 01538 750511, and if you live in or around the Biddulph area please ring 01782 511659. Please be aware that due to circumstances beyond our control these lines may not be open for their normal hours; therefore as soon as you receive your letter please do give us a ring. When booking a journey, passengers will be asked to confirm that they, or anyone in their household, have no symptoms of Covid 19. Passengers will also be required to wear a mask and sit in the rear of the vehicle.