LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Governor Wolf visited the Lancaster mass vaccination site Wednesday, where he highlighted transportation options for individuals to get to the site to get a shot.
“Every Pennsylvanian who wants a vaccine will be able to get one. We are working to ensure that the most vulnerable populations have access to the vaccine as soon as possible,” Gov. Wolf said. “As vaccine supply continues to increase, we want to remind the public that free and subsidized transportation options are already available throughout the commonwealth and Pennsylvanians can make use of these programs to access vaccine sites. I want to thank our transit authorities for eliminating barriers for these populations, not just throughout the pandemic, but every day.”
Wolf was joined by Transportation Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation Jennie Granger, Department of Health Senior Advisor Lindsey Mauldin, South Central Transit Authority Executive Director David Kilmer, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Michael Ripchinski, COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force Member Sen. Ryan Aument and State Rep. Mike Sturla.
Shared ride programs are available in every county and fixed-route transportation systems statewide offer accessible transportation. The commonwealth provides both Lottery and Act 44 funds to subsidize those trips for seniors and individuals with disabilities every day. Trips include those to mass vaccination sites and any site where a vaccine is available to individuals, including pharmacies, hospitals and doctor’s offices. Free transportation to vaccinations is currently available in at least 39 counties for qualifying individuals.
The Senior Shared Ride program enables all individuals age 65 and older to use shared-ride, curb-to-curb services and pay only a small portion of the regular shared-ride fare. Individuals with disabilities ages 18-64 may access transportation through the Persons with Disabilities Program.
More than 3 million Pennsylvanians have received at least one dose of vaccine and equitable access to vaccination sites through public transit is critical to the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the pandemic.