Free ride to vaccination site for people in need

Free ride to vaccination site for people in need

By Adele Forrest | 05/02/2021

Free ride to vaccination site for people in need

FREE return journeys to Covid-19 vaccination sites for people who cannot access public transport and have no other means to get there are being offered.

Community Transport services, also known as Door-2-Door or Dial-a-Ride, are normally available at a subsidised price in South Yorkshire for those who find it difficult to use the public transport network. 

Tim Taylor, director of customer services at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), said: “No-one should miss the chance to have the vaccine because they have difficulty travelling to the vaccination site. 

“During the national lockdown, while we’ve all been advised to stay at home wherever possible, Community Transport operators have been providing a limited Dial-a-Ride service for essential trips. So, we decided to use this vital resource to support people in need across South Yorkshire and make a contribution to the region’s vaccination effort.” 

To use Door-2-Door services, passengers must call their local provider first. There is a dedicated service available for Rotherham.

“Once you have your vaccine appointment, just give us a call to make a free booking. Try to give us as much notice as possible and at least one or two days before the journey itself,” said Ian Jenkinson, of Sheffield Community Transport on behalf of all local operators. 

“All Community Transport services use fully accessible vehicles and can pick up passengers directly from their homes. We’ll work hard to accommodate as many people as possible, but places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.” 

To book a free ride to and from your Rotherham vaccination site call Rotherham Community Transport on 01709 517100.

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