Here comes the mighty ‘Jabbernaut’ bearing Covid vaccine

From left are Chris Dowling, Cairngorm Group; Dr Boyd Peters, Medical Director, NHS Highland; Mike Cooper, Highland Council Transport and Logistics Manager and Donna Manson, Chief Executive of The Highland Council pictured with the Jabbernaut. NO F10 Jabbernaut
From left are Chris Dowling, Cairngorm Group; Dr Boyd Peters, Medical Director, NHS Highland; Mike Cooper, Highland Council Transport and Logistics Manager and Donna Manson, Chief Executive of The Highland Council pictured with the Jabbernaut. NO F10 Jabbernaut

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People in The Highland Council area will soon be receiving coronavirus vaccines in their communities with the help of a purpose-built mobile vaccination unit termed the ‘Jabbernaut’.

Council transport and housing maintenance staff have procured and built the custom-made mobile vaccine unit for NHS Highland to enable health staff to deliver vaccinations across the Highlands.

Caol and Mallaig councillor Allan Henderson, chairman of the local authority’s Communities and Place Committee, praised council staff for their partnership approach to tackling coronavirus in the region.

‘I commend council staff for their creativity and positive approach to partnership working with NHS Highland to create the ‘Jabbernaut’ and I thank the Cairngorm Group for its generous donations of new windows and doors for the build,’ said Councillor Henderson.

‘The ‘Jabbernaut’ will help NHS staff deliver their vaccination programme across Highland, regardless of location.’

Dr Boyd Peters, Medical Director for NHS Highland, added: ‘The Highland Council teams have really understood our needs and what we require to deliver vaccines to the population.

‘The vaccination programme in NHS Highland continues to progress well and with the introduction of the ‘Jabbernaut’ I look forward to seeing that progress continue.’

Chris Dowling, Joint Managing Director, Cairngorm Group, said it had been well publicised that the best way out of the coronavirus pandemic is through the vaccine programme.

‘So we are delighted to play our part in helping make this happen,’ he added.  ‘The geography of the Highlands has always meant we would need a bespoke approach compared to other parts of the country so staff at NHS Highland and Highland Council should be applauded for their forward thinking.’

Mike Cooper, Highland Council’s Transport and Logistics Manager, explained: ‘We bought a unit and a 40 foot box trailer, then constructed and kitted out the trailer as a vaccination centre which meets all the medical and vehicle safety requirements.’

The Highland Council is also supporting NHS Highland in the vaccination programme roll-out by providing a welfare vehicle, plus supply vehicle and drivers, while the council’s school nurses team is helping to administer vaccinations.

Vaccinations at the ‘Jabbernaut’ are by appointment only. Please only attend if you have been given an appointment.

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From left: Chris Dowling, Cairngorm Group; Dr Boyd Peters, Medical Director, NHS Highland; Mike Cooper, Highland Council Transport and Logistics Manager, and Donna Manson, Chief Executive of The Highland Council with the ‘Jabbernaut’.

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