Grangemouth taxi firm's free trips offer to elderly to get COVID-19 jags

A taxi company has teamed up with a local community group to offer free transport to take isolated elderly residents to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

By James Trimble
Monday, 8th February 2021, 12:30 pm

Grangemouth’s Kerse Cabs had already helped the community at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, doing free runs to Iceland stores for elderly people to ensure they were able to get their vital shopping amid worries over panic buying.

Now the firm has answered the call from Bowhouse Community Association to offer free transport to elderly people who probably would not be able to get their COVID-19 vaccination without it.

Anyone in the Grangemouth area who has difficulty in organising transport to travel to the venue to receive their vaccination can contact the company to organise transport at no cost

Kerse Cabs will be taking elderly residents to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments free of charge

Kerse Cabs and Bowhouse Community Association said no one should go without their vaccine due to transport difficulties – and it is important to keep as many people as possible as safe as possible.

Gordon Waddell, Kerse Cabs director, said: “When Bowhouse came to us asking if we could help them out, they said they would meet the cost of transport.

"We decided to take it one step further and split the cost with them.

“We will pick the people up from their homes, take them to their vaccination appointment and then take them home again.

A lot of people have problems walking and may not have been able to get out to get their vaccination without us doing this.”

Kerse Cabs is scheduled to pick up their first VIP vaccination passenger on Friday.

Sharon Ure, of Bowhouse Community Association, said: “We just want to help as many people get vaccinated as we can. There are so many elderly residents out there who struggle with transport and they don’t want to go out of their house on their own.”

John McNally, Falkirk MP, said: “The joining of forces between Bowhouse Community Centre and Kerse Cabs is a fabulous example of the kind of clear thinking and thoughtful action shown by many of our citizens.”

People can call Kerse Cabs on (01324) 464999.

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