Transit Agencies Providing Incentives and Easier Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, 2021
5 minutes Date Launched: Mar 17, 2021 Pilot Project Timeframe: Date added to Learning Center
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Around the United States, public transit agencies are looking to connect their employees and customers to the COVID-19 vaccine. Some of the creative strategies employed by these agencies include fare-free rides to and from vaccine appointments and bonuses for employees after being fully vaccinated. Listed below are more specific details about some of these initiatives:
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is paying all employees, besides those in general management, $100 after receiving a complete dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Along with providing fare-free rides to vaccine clinics, Kitsap Transit, outside of Seattle, has converted its Gateway Center into a vaccine clinic operated by Peninsula Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center. The Gateway Center serves two bus routes and has a parking lot with 105 stalls.
For many, transit is an essential step in the process of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Transit agencies and shared-mobility providers have an opportunity to partner with community organizations so as to ease and expedite the vaccination process. Moving forward, some of the initiatives and partnerships listed above can serve as examples to peer organizations in the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies.