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Free taxi service to vaccination centres launched in Auckland

The latest ‘cab off the rank’ in the race to get Aucklanders vaccinated has been launched, with a new taxi service for those who haven’t been able to get to vaccination centres.

The Northern Region Health Coordination Centre announced the new initiative at the Ōtara Vaccination Centre with partners Auckland Coop Taxis (Blue Bubble).

Accessing the taxi service:

  • Call the vaccination helpline on 0800 28 29 26 to book a taxi.
  • Wear a mask and scan the QR code when entering the vehicle
  • You need to be able to safely walk to and from the taxi with the assistance of a carer if required.
  • Up to two people in the same bubble are able to travel in a standard taxi under alert level 3 or up to six people in the same bubble in a shuttle van.

The taxis will operate between the person’s residential address and the city’s 15 community vaccination centres, which also includes the airport drive-through vaccination site at Māngere. Large shuttle bus taxis will be available to larger groups.

We know that there may be some in our community that this service still may not be appropriate for, including those with more serious health or mobility issues and when we speak to these people, we will be offering access to our home visits outreach programme if they would prefer.

 

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