ABC’s Equity team are continually exploring the various barriers that exist when accessing healthcare. During their time working on the vaccination programme the team learned a great deal about ways in which they could support specific areas of the community.
In January 2022, one of our Vaccine Equity Co-ordinators attempted to eliminate transport issues for patients who wished to attend one of our sites. The cost and practicalities of getting to a site was, for many, the reason they chose not to engage or have a vaccination. A partnership was forged with Uber that allowed us to offer eligible patients in Surrey free transportation to one of our sites. This has allowed numerous patients to access our vaccination programme, when previously it was not possible.