Around the country, some riders have no alternative to using rural public transit. Others need the service more than ever to get to medical treatment or to a vaccination appointment. That leaves transit agencies struggling to protect riders and drivers, both of whom may be at high risk of complications from Covid-19.
Mobilizing Transit and Public Health Partnerships
for COVID-19 Vaccinations
Join NCMM for 45-minute conversations featuring practical examples of how public transit is collaborating with public health to ensure Americans have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. On April 7th, we will be joined by Flint MTA in Flint, Michigan and Nashua Transit system in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Practical examples of mobilizing transit and public health partnerships for COVID-19 vaccinations
SPARTAN Transit Services
SPARTAN Transit used their Mobility Hub as a mass vaccination site, in addition to offering free rides to vaccine appointments.
Lewis County, Washington
Twin Transit has coordinated with the local health department to offer mobile vaccination clinics and fare-free rides to vaccine appointments.
NCDOT, in partnership with the NCDHHS, has ensured every transit agency in the state has funding to offer rides to vaccinations.
Transit's Essential Role in the Vaccination Effort
Transit has long played an essential role in our communities, and transit’s role in supporting the vaccination effort across the United States is no different. In the table below, NCMM has compiled examples of how transit agencies are working with public health agencies, community health organizations, and others in their vaccination efforts. Have an example you think should be included? Please send any examples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Daily Mobility News on COVID-19
Walgreens and Uber Technologies, Inc., have joined forces to help underserved Americans get access to COVID-19 vaccines. They have also partnered with the National Urban League to help reduce vaccine hesitancy among communities of color.
The state’s vaccination rollout assumes that people who are eligible for the vaccine will be able to get to hospitals or pharmacies giving the shots. That has left Ohioans who can’t leave their homes, and don’t live in nursing homes or senior housing, like Pinto, searching for guidance.