Elderly or vulnerable residents can use Caithness Rural Transport for vaccine appointments
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Over-70s in Caithness are being offered free transport to Covid-19 vaccine appointments if they need it.
Caithness Rural Transport, part of Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG), secured funding from Highland Council so that those aged over 70 or people with disabilities need not miss out on their vaccination slot.
With the roll-out of the coronavirus jab now under way in the county, there had been concern that some elderly or vulnerable residents might struggle to get to their appointments.
CVG's senior development officer Allan Tait said: “We are delighted to have received funding from the Highland Council Supporting Community Resilience fund to enable us to provide this support.
"The runs that we can provide are limited, so we are looking to provide this service for people who need transport and have not got access to their own transport. If people have their own car, or can get a run safely from family or friends without breaking Covid rules, then that is great.
"If you do not have access to that transport then get in touch and we will try our best to fit you in on a first come, first served basis."
Those wishing to book the service can email transport co-ordinator Coreen Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07856 740649.
Caithness Rural Transport has been operating throughout the pandemic.
Mr Tait said: "We at CVG are so appreciative of all the drivers, both paid and our band of volunteers, who have continued to provide transport during this difficult time and we are delighted that we can play a part in the efforts to get life back to some sort of normality.
"This initial funding provided by Highland Council has allowed us to get this up and running. We are also having very positive discussions with other local funds to see if they want to get involved to enable us to provide this support throughout the roll-out."