The ManchesterJabCab service is returning this winter to provide free transport for residents who need to get to and from vaccination appointments.
Earlier this year a similar scheme was established helping hundreds of people travel to vaccination centres in Moss Side and Bellevue.
With the continued roll out of the Covid booster programme before the arrival of Christmas, this offer is now open to all Mancunians to get to vaccination centres across Manchester.
Private hire firm Street Cars will be offering the free service, with residents only needing to call 0161 228 7878 to book a car which will take them to the following sites:
- The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Drive, Beswick, Manchester, M11 3TQ
- Irish world Heritage centre 1 Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8 0AE
- Jain Community Centre, 667/669 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester, M12 4QE
- Newton Heath Health Centre 2 Old Church St, Manchester, M40 2JF
- Plant Hill Clinic Plant Hill Rd, Manchester, M9 8LX
- Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre 206 Portway, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 1QW
- The Vallance Centre Brunswick St, Manchester, M13 9UJ
Visit manchester.gov.uk/manchesterjabcab for more information about this service.
This service has been expanded due to the need to support people who cannot walk to vaccination sites, who cannot drive or who cannot get there via public transport.
People should book a vaccination or booster appointment in advance, or check ahead and choose a vaccination centre which is taking walk ups. Use the reference term ‘ManchesterJabCab’ with private hire firm Street Cars when ordering.
Street Cars will need your address, the vaccine centre you will be attending and the number of passengers who will be travelling.
David Regan, Manchester’s Director of Public Health, said: “Providing fair and easy access to the Covid jab for people in Manchester has been one of the cornerstones of the vaccination programme.
“This winter we are doing everything we can to get people vaccinated and the ManchesterJabCab is just one tool at our disposal to protect as many people as we can.
“The first week of the expanded booster programme was a huge success, with more than 44,000 booster jabs given in the space of the week. The challenge now will be to sustain that and keep people coming in during the Christmas run up. We also want to encourage people to get their first dose as it's never too late to get vaccinated.
“Vaccinations remain the best line of defence against serious illness if you develop Covid and I would ask anyone who’s not yet booked in to take up this opportunity and protect themselves and their loved ones this Christmas.”