28 Jul 2021

St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group and St Helens Borough Council are offering free transport to Saints for anyone who still hasn’t had their first vaccine or can’t get back there for their second dose.

All St Helens residents can now claim a free bus voucher that lasts all day and can be used across the bus providers in St Helens (Merseytravel, Stagecoach and Arriva) to enable them to get to and from Saints.

The CCG and Council are also piloting a free door-to-door transport service with DriverNet starting next week for anyone who is unable to get a bus due to mobility issues or the length of time to get to Saints.

To access either the voucher or request the transport service, residents need to call the St Helens Contact Centre on 01744 676789.

The Contact Centre will take the caller’s details and either post a bus voucher out or arrange for someone to make arrangements for the door-to-door transport service to collect them.

Julie Ashurst, Director of Commissioning, Primary Carenand Transformation at St Helens CCG who helped pull the initiative together said:

“Uptake of vaccines has been great in St Helens so far, but a lot of people have told us that they have had issues getting to Saints – either because of the expense or they don’t have someone who can give them a lift, or they aren’t confident using buses for any reason.

“We hope that the bus voucher and the door-to-door service removes any barriers for those who haven’t yet come forward for their vaccine or haven’t returned for their second dose.  It is really important to have both vaccines to get the optimum protection against the virus, and that by doing this, we can help anyone who needs it to access a vaccine more easily.”

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage at St Helens Borough Council, added:

"It's great that the vast majority of people across St Helens Borough have heeded the call to get vaccinated when the programme has opened up to them, however there are still some who have not yet accessed their vaccine. Getting vaccinated helps to severely reduce your risk of serious illness if you are unfortunate enough to catch Covid-19. 

“By getting your vaccine you will also not just be protecting yourself, but also others around you and reduce the impact on our NHS services who have seen the number of patients with Covid-19 grow.  With case rates high across the borough if you haven’t yet got to get vaccinated you must do so urgently.

“Thanks to this free transport service we are removing one of the barriers that may have stopped some from being able to access free vaccinations before now and with open drop-in vaccinations available seven days a week at The Totally Wicked Stadium you can get your vaccination with ease.”