'Book a jab, get a cab' message as new vaccination campaign launched
People in West Norfolk are being offered a free taxi journey as part of a new bid to encourage the public to get vaccinated against coronavirus.
Health chiefs are working with transport companies across the region on the Jab Cab initiative, which is set to run until the end of next month.
The move comes after recent figures revealed that nearly 40 per cent of people in one area of Lynn are still unvaccinated against Covid-19.
The programme has been launched by the Norfolk and Waveney clinical commissioning group (CCG) today, though it says other health service partners are also helping to fund it.
A statement on the CCG's website said: "The service aims to help people who are struggling to get a vaccination dose and encourage as many people to come forward and get protected against severe complications of catching COVID-19.
"Eligible for people who are having a first, second or booster jab, health and care leaders across the region are hoping people take up the opportunity of a free journey to protect their health."
To claim a journey, residents should book a vaccination appointment before contacting a participating taxi operator.
Latest data, up to yesterday, showed that 85.9 per cent of all people aged 12 and over in West Norfolk have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while just over two thirds have had a booster jab.
But equivalent figures earlier this month showed North Lynn had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the whole region.
The latest figures show 62.6 per cent of over-12s have received a single jab there, while booster take-up now stands at 38.5 per cent.
The Jab Cab initiative will run until February 28. For a full list of the companies taking part, click here.
In other coronavirus news, latest infection data shows there were 1,541 new cases in West Norfolk during the week to yesterday, down by 21 per cent on the previous week.
No new deaths have been recorded at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in today's daily update from NHS England, meaning the total since the start of the pandemic remains at 536.