Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan
The City of Toronto announced the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan, a multi-faceted plan to help ensure vulnerable residents and seniors can access COVID-19 vaccinations by removing barriers to transportation and making it easier to travel to clinics.
This program is intended for those who have limited transportation options or who cannot afford transportation to vaccination appointments. Starting March 29, the City is piloting transportation options for seniors aged 75 years old and over by extending service hours for assisted ride services provided by community organizations.
The City has already been working with multiple partners to plan and deliver this program, including Toronto Ride, iRide, Scarborough Ride, Ontario Health Partners, Uber Canada and the TTC, to help transport vulnerable residents to and from appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Under the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan, planning and discussions with these partners will continue to expand services over the coming weeks when service capacity at vaccine clinics is increased to include people with disabilities, seniors under 75 years old and others who are frail or have underlying conditions which make them at greater risk from COVID-19 and/or unable to safely access other modes of public transportation.
The City thanks Torontonians who are helping their family members, friends and neighbours with booking their vaccination appointments and providing a ride to their appointments, if possible. The Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan will help ensure the limited community resources are available to those who need it most.
The City is providing funding to Toronto Ride, iRide and Scarborough Ride to provide assisted transportation to eligible Toronto seniors, adults with disabilities and adults who are immune-compromised, to and from vaccination appointments within the city of Toronto. These ride programs deliver their service through a collaborative network of City and Ministry of Health funded Community Support Agencies. This program is available now for limited appointments, but will continue to be expanded over the coming weeks as additional resources and capacity become available.
To book a ride contact:
Toronto Ride, www.torontoride.ca or call 416-481-5250
iRide, www.circleofcare.com/vaccinerides or call 1-844-474-3301
Scarborough Ride, www.schcontario.ca/schc-scarborough-ride--transportation--hemodialysis.html or call 416 736-9372
Learn more about the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan.