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Atlantis residents can catch a taxi to vaccination site

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The Red Dot Taxi service provides free transport to community members who want to get vaccinated.

To mark transport month, the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell, and the Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, launched the Atlantis Red Dot Taxi service today at the Saxonsea vaccine site.

The launch was marked by the arrival of community members from Witsand for their vaccine appointment.

“The launch of the Atlantis Red Dot taxi service follows a need identified in the local community for free public transport to get vaccinated. The Red Dot Taxi Service is an excellent example of how the Western Cape is innovatively using public transport as part of an all-of-society approach to address important priorities,” said Winde.

The launch of the Atlantis Red Dot Taxi Service follows the official launch of Transport Month in Belhar on Friday (1 October), where there was a specific focus on improving awareness of and advancing road safety, particularly among learners.

Mitchell said, “We are here today to highlight the Atlantis Red Dot Taxi Service that will assist and provide free transport to many community members who need to be vaccinated. This is one of many efforts undertaken by my department to improve our overall public transport system and to align it with the real needs of our residents.”

According to Mitchell the Department of Health will identify those in need of transport through its on-the-ground local community liaison officers and these people will then be transported by Red Dot Taxi through coordination by the Department of Transport and Public Works.

The Red Dot taxi service consists of a fleet of 135 minibus taxis and has transported a total of 8 600 passengers to vaccine sites and made over 285 900 trips in the province.

It has further ensured more than 246 000 health-care worker trips were conducted from 18 May 2020.

Support was provided to over 25 hospitals including Groote Schuur, Tygerberg, Helderberg, Lentegeur, Khayelitsha District, and Brackengate.

More than 27 800 quarantine and isolation trips were made since 30 May 2020 in the metro and rural communities and the taxi service has transported approximately 3500 discharged patients home from hospitals since 1 January.

“It will take a whole of society approach to conquer Covid-19, that is why I am pleased by the partnership between the Western Cape Government and the minibus taxi industry that aims to deliver critical transport services as part of the fight against Covid-19,” Mbombo said.

Find your closest vaccination site at the Weskus Nuus Facebook page.

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