Norse Group has been commissioned by the local NHS and public health teams to launch a mobile, Covid-19 vaccination service as part of our work helping to keep communities safe.
Dean Wetteland, Chief Executive of Norse Group, said: “This is one of the many new services we have been involved in, as part of the ongoing Covid-19 response.
“We are delighted to be part of this important initiative, led by the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership, helping more people in harder to reach communities access vital vaccinations.”
The NHS vaccination team is transported by Norse on a specially adapted bus, to selected sites where vaccine uptake has been lower than average, or where virus transmission rates remain high.
Norse Transport, Suffolk Norse and TFM Solutions (all part of the Norse Group) have provided the bus and driver, replacing seats and handrails with booths and equipment, and creating observation areas for people who need further medical treatment.
Community venues, places of worship, large food production facilities, homeless hostels and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller sites are just some of the places that are benefitting from convenient, on-site access to vaccinations.
NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned the mobile vaccination model, working closely with Norfolk County Council’s Public Health team.
Dean added: “Since the start of the pandemic, Norse has managed the mass distribution of PPE and emergency food parcels as part of the county’s Covid response, and more recently we were called upon to set up and manage the county’s mobile Lateral Flow Testing Teams across Norfolk.
“This mobile vaccination service is another way that we can lend our support to keeping people safe in the communities we serve.
“With the bus transformed and ready for action, we are excited to be part of the rollout of this innovative and potentially life-saving new service.”
The on-board community vaccination team – including immunisers and support staff – is being provided by Norfolk Community Health Care NHS Trust. As well as making access to a vaccine easier and more convenient, their clinicians take time to answer questions and address any concerns or hesitancy on board the bus.