LONDON (AP) – Vaxi Taxi was a gift for Leslie Reed.
The 48-year-old director wanted to get a COVID-19 shot, but he was worried about being transported to the vaccination center on public transport because his immune system was weakened by meat-eating bacteria that were almost too expensive for him.
So Reed jumped at the chance when the doctor called and offered to shoot him, along with a door-to-door transfer.
“I was one of the lucky ones,” he said after being vaccinated in a black van during a community vaccination event in north London. “I am convinced that there are more vulnerable people than me who should have received it. What can I say? I am very happy “:
The Waxy Taxi, which prompted Reed to reschedule, is just one initiative promoted by doctors and community organizers as they try to make sure everyone is vaccinated. Although Britain has developed one of the world’s most successful coronavirus vaccines, giving at least one dose to more than 30% of its population, minority groups երը deprived communities are lagging behind.
A recent study commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services found that only 72.5% of blacks in England have received or are receiving the vaccine. That compares with 87.6% of Asians and 92.6% of whites.
This discrepancy is the result of a number of issues, from vaccine safety concerns in the past to discrimination in the UK healthcare system to simple issues such as relocation.
But community leaders are trying to find home solutions to fill the gap.
Dr. Sharon Raymond is one of the activists trying to lift the vaccine ban. The GP ղեկավար the head of the Covid Crisis Rescue Foundation helped organize a pop-up vaccination event on Sunday in the Cambridge Gardens, a grass triangle in north-west London, where half of the population is from a national minority.
His goal was to create an attractive space where people would feel comfortable asking questions and discussing their concerns.
“It simply came to our notice then. It is becoming much more affordable, ”Raymond said. “That’s why I think this model of bringing vaccination to communities in familiar places urgently is the way forward.”
On a cold, late winter evening, people would take pictures under a warm, bright yellow tent decorated with balloons. Neighbors gathered sandwiches, drank drinks, stopped talking to hand doctors, nurses, and firefighters.
The Minister of Vaccines, Nadim Za, praised such local initiatives, describing them as part of a national strategy aimed at organizing the inclusion of postal codes. He told the Associated Press that the data showed that people wanted to get the vaccine at their preferred time in a safe place.
“We have shown our ability to organize and deploy on a large scale at the Olympics,” he said enthusiastically. “It’s even bigger. This is the largest immunization program in the history of the United Kingdom (National Health Service). “But I think it suits our DNA in these islands.”
And for those who needed a little help with the park earlier this week, there was a Waxy Taxi. People did not even have to leave the bench behind to get their vaccine.
Raymond, who has funded many of his initiatives with the crowd, hopes to get more support to get the iconic black taxis out to help throughout the capital. Because they have screens, they provide a shield for those inside, are accessible to the disabled և With so few tourists these days, there are plenty of cabbages to choose from.
“This is my vision for London,” Raymond said. “This camera saves the day.”
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