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The NHS and local community health leaders have teamed up with Ford to roll out a mobile vaccine initiative across Mid and South Essex.... Ford pilots COVID-19  vaccination Transit

Jahirur Rahmn, aged 62, receives the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine inside a bespoke Ford Transit, as the car manufacturer partners with the NHS in Essex to bring mobile COVID-19 vaccination vehicles to vulnerable communities.

The NHS and local community health leaders have teamed up with Ford to roll out a mobile vaccine initiative across Mid and South Essex. Based on a Ford Transit, the van has been converted by Yorkshire firm Venari Group. It includes medical grade refrigeration with WiFi monitoring capability, vaccine transport coolers, a collapsible chair for administering vaccines and an integrated tablet for accessing and updating health records.

“Our goal of giving everyone an equal opportunity to receive this essential vaccine is now in closer reach, owing to the additional support from our valued network of community leaders, Ford and Venari Group,” said Dr Smitesh Patel, clinical director at Benfleet Primary Care Network, Essex.

“This added mobility has meant the gap will be bridged for so many facing a struggle to visit their local vaccination centre.”