Driving to vaccinate taxi drivers – the Royal Gazette

Created: May 05, 2021 7:58 AM

Calling taxi drivers to get the Covid-19 vaccine (file photo)

Taxi drivers are expected to take the brunt of Covid-19 due to the high-risk nature of the work, the industry trade association chief said yesterday.

David Frost, president of the Bermuda Taxi Operators Association, added that a large number of drivers had already been vaccinated – but wanted to see more.

Mr. Frost said, “This is high risk work. We are the ones who collect people from the airport and from the streets.

“We are the ones who come into contact with these people.”

Mr Frost pointed out that some taxi drivers had come down with Covid-19.

He was speaking after health officials appealed to the association for members and their families to be vaccinated.

Mr Frost said, “We have strict protocols in place and we ask our drivers to use those protocols.”

He added that taxi drivers were required to wear face masks when passengers were on board and that fares were also required to wear face masks.

Passengers are not allowed to sit in the front seat cabins and the windows must be open.

Mr Frost said drivers are often required to sanitize their hands and have learned how to properly sanitize vehicles and handle luggage.

Taxi drivers interested in getting the vaccine should contact their BTOA subcommittee representative.

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