People living in Chelmsford and Essex, who have no means of transport, can now get help to attend pre-booked appointments.

Above: Someone getting a vaccinated

People who are struggling to attend their booster jab appointment because of transport issues can now get help from Essex County Council. The Essex Wellbeing Service is now able to organise transport for residents who are finding it difficult to organise a way to attend their vaccine appointment.

Transport will be provided by taxi service and is free of charge. This service can also be used if you need transport to get to your first or second dose appointments.

Residents who would like help getting to their appointments can email provide.essexwellbeing@nhs.net or call 0300 303 9988. The phone line is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Callers’ needs will be verified, and they will be asked to provide their booking reference or a screenshot of their appointment confirmation.

Alternatively, in some areas of Essex there are Community Transport routes which residents without transport can contact directly. These are also for pre-booked appointments.

Community360 for the Colchester or Maldon area: 01206 216600.

Epping Forest Community Transport: 01992 579556.

Braintree Community Transport: 01376 557883.

Tendring Community Transport: 01255 436962 or 07948055888.

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