Ambulance-led rural vaccination scheme met with ‘hugely positive’ response

The i paper has reported that a pilot vaccination scheme in rural parts of Scotland is hoped to be extended to other parts of the UK after encouraging feedback from those using the service

The scheme involves the Scottish Ambulance Service using a modified coach usually used to transport holidaymakers around the country to run a mobile vaccination clinic.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the response to the scheme, which has been trialled in Tayside, has been ‘hugely positive’, and that the Scottish Government was looking to see if the model can be rolled out to other remote areas.

The trial provides an interesting solution to how to reach those living in hard-to-reach rural locations, an issue for residents across the UK, and the report notes that ministers are now investigating if the model could be replicated ‘across the NHS’.

Since Wednesday, a team of five NHS staff have been administering the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to over-70s and clinically vulnerable patients from the converted coach.

The report notes that while such schemes would not ‘boost the headline number’ of people being vaccinated by much, they would help to make the jab accessible to all, including those living in rural areas.

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The i paper - Coronavirus: Scotland set to use converted holiday coaches to vaccinate remote communities


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