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The Los Angeles Department of Transportation reportedly launched a program to pick up seniors and people with accessibility needs through the Cityride program and take them to their scheduled vaccination appointments at three COVID-19 vaccination sites.
The program will charge Cityride’s regular fares and will help people with access needs get to their appointments at Dodger Stadium, Cal State Los Angeles, and The Forum in Inglewood. Eligible riders will be picked up in a van and taken to the sites, where they will receive the vaccine while in the vehicle. The van will then wait at the vaccination site for the appropriate observation period before returning passengers to their point of origin. Riders must have an appointment for vaccination and be an active Cityride participant to use the service.
The Cityride program provides on-demand transportation to people 65 and over or qualified persons with disabilities who live inside Los Angeles and certain areas in L.A. County.
“Transportation should never be the gap that stands between our residents and the vaccine,” Mayor Eric Garcetti reportedly said. “Vaccines are our ticket to ending this pandemic, and this program will help break down a barrier that can keep our most vulnerable residents from accessing these life-saving doses.”
The vans’ drivers will be able to use the sites’ express lanes to get passengers to their vaccination appointments. “The Cityride Express Lane service is just the latest example to help those who may struggle to access drive-thru vaccination locations. I encourage everyone eligible to take advantage of this service and get vaccinated,” LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds explained.
People should book their ride one or two days in advance and specify that the trip is for an appointment at one of the three vaccination sites. A previously scheduled vaccination appointment is required before scheduling a ride to the site.
Similarly, the city of Los Angeles partnered with ridesharing giant Uber to provide thousands of free and discounted rides to South Los Angeles residents to USC for their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The partnership was reportedly made to ensure that those without cars can still get vaccinated and is funded by Uber and the nonprofit Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. The Mayor said through a news release that South L.A. residents would have access to 15,000 free Uber rides and another 20,000 rides at 50% off to get to the city’s newest vaccination site at USC. “Equity drives every facet of our strategy to end the pandemic, but our efforts will come up short unless we shorten the distance between life-saving vaccines and our hardest-hit Angelenos,” Garcetti said via the statement.