It is World Immunisation Week and we at 365 Response are hopeful and enthusiastic about returning to a new kind of normal. As a business that has doubled in size throughout the pandemic, we are looking forward to meeting our team in person and expressing gratitude for how we have come together to play a small role in supporting our NHS and Local Authorities throughout this challenging time.
We have been proud to continue to innovate and supply digital solutions to assist with a multitude of complex transport requirements, particularly within the NHS and healthcare sectors. In recent months, our Courier Module has supported our customers, as we navigate a world focused on acquiring, transporting, and safely storing Covid-19 vaccines.
Using the 365 Smart Platform to transport Covid Vaccines
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust have worked with us since 2016, utilising our eProcure platform for 24/7 mental health transportation bookings, and most recently using our platform to transport items such as bed linen, laundry, and clinical waste with our Courier Module.
One of our newest customers to the 365 Smart Platform is St Helens Council, who we are pleased to have on board. Their use of the platform will encapsulate community work such as distributing free meals, and a new workload involving the delivery of testing kits to various locations. In addition, the Council is planning to act as a vaccination hub, using the 365 Smart Platform to plan and manage the transport element of the vaccine roll-out.
For over 200 years, vaccines have protected us against diseases that threatened lives. Discussing the power of vaccines and their necessity, Dr Chris Jones, Chief Technology Officer at 365 Response shared:
“When you think about it, vaccines are one of mankind’s greatest inventions. The rapid development of so many vaccines against coronavirus is testament to the amazing technology we now have and shows how it can be mobilised when we really need it.”
What is the 365 Smart Platform: Courier Module?
The 365 Smart Platform Courier Module has been specifically designed to reduce the cost and increase efficiencies of non-patient transport for items such as bed linens, blood samples, post, and indeed, highly important vaccines.
Our dedicated Courier Module helps Trusts to organise the movement of these goods between multiple locations, using their internal vehicle fleet. Detailed reporting, route planning and scheduling are valuable features to manage these movements in a more effective and sustainable way, to reduce transport costs and save valuable time.
World Immunisation Week 2021
As we come to the close of World Immunisation Week 2021 (April 24-30) and continue to wait for the light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, all eyes are on the vaccination rollout. This global shared experience provides an unprecedented opportunity to educate each other and the wider public, building trust in the power and science of vaccines, and the long-term support and freedom that collective immunisation can offer us all. Support that enables us to return to our loved ones without masks and without fear.
In 2021, the organisers supporting World Immunisation Week hope to:
- Reframe the global vaccine conversation to focus on the importance of vaccines
- Highlight the many ways in which vaccines enable us to live healthy, productive lives by preventing the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases
- Demonstrate social proof that the broader public already values and trust vaccines
This year’s campaign looks to build solidarity and trust in vaccination as a public good that saves lives and protects health.
This year’s theme of “vaccines bring us closer together” is particularly poignant, as the NHS continue working tirelessly to support and care for all Covid-19 sufferers, and the public mark on their calendars another month lost to the pandemic. Vaccines don’t just protect our health and those who are most vulnerable, but they allow us to truly live without fear and restrictions, creating space for our lives and relationships to flourish. A brighter future, with better opportunities for all.
When asked about the vaccine concerns raised within the general public, Dr Chris shared:
“Normally the development, manufacture, distribution, and administration of vaccines proceeds quietly in the background, without fanfare, but is a critical pillar of modern society. We have had many effective vaccines for decades now and they have totally transformed modern life.”
Investment, research, and global interest is enabling ground-breaking approaches to vaccine development, changes which will ultimately alter the science of immunisation forever. Discussing the positive history of vaccines throughout the years, Dr Chris continued:
“It is impossible to imagine a world now where Polio, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Influenza, Hepatitis A & B, Rubella, Meningitis, Measles, Mumps, Pneumococcal Pneumonia, Tuberculosis as well as Coronavirus were able to infect populations unchecked. We get a small glimpse of what it might be like in a society without modern prevention of infectious disease in the news reports coming from countries that are struggling to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps Covid-19 will have a lasting effect of silencing the sadly misguided anti-vaccine movement.”
Supporting the NHS and Beyond
Safe and effective vaccines have always been a gamechanger and critical tool in the battle against all major diseases. Scientists across the world are collaborating on innovative solutions with immense speed, developing treatments that will save an insurmountable number of lives. Vaccines allow us to progress as a species without the burden of diseases like smallpox and polio, which is why we at 365 Response are proud to assist with the transportation of Covid-19 vaccines, and with the vital patient transport services required of our NHS. Discussing the important work of the 365 Response team, Dr Chris shared:
“We at 365 Response share everyone’s desire to get something like our normal lives back, so we are very proud to play our small part in supporting this vital supply chain through the 365 Smart Platform: Courier Module, which is helping the efficient movement of vaccine supplies to where they are needed, when they are needed.”
Vaccines have always brought us closer together, and if we continue to let them, then the hope is that we can achieve a healthier world for all. Let’s find a new and better normal post-pandemic and continue to “do something good every day.”
If you would like to discuss how we can work with you to improve your non-patient transport and utilise your internal fleet to make cost savings, please send an email to [email protected] or give our friendly team a call today on 0333 2027 365.
*Sources: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-immunization-week/2021/overview https://www.worldimmunizationweek.org/