Need Help Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine / Booster? Local Rides

Sometimes those most vulnerable to COVID-19 also face the most barriers to getting their vaccine or booster dose. If you (or someone you know) need a ride to your appointment, there are local resources available to help.

Transportation

If you need transportation to and from your vaccination appointment, visit the state’s Get A Ride website to find free or low-cost rides in your area. Providers include, but are not limited to:

  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Serves the Kansas City region, including Gladstone, North KC, Independence, Raytown, and Lee’s Summit. To schedule, call (816) 221-0660 or visit ridekc.org/mobility-services.
  • OATS Transit Serves Eastern Jackson County, including Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and Grain Valley. Visit oatstransit.org/jackson or call (816) 380-7433 or 1-800-480-6287 to schedule in advance.
  • LyftProvides free rides anywhere for older adults in need of transportation to/from a COVID-19 vaccination or booster appointment. Check out this article for step-by-step instructions on activating a free ride and setting up a Lyft account, including on a loved one’s behalf.
  • Mid-America Regional Council AAA — Serves all seniors in Jackson County + surrounding counties. The AAA coordinates round-trip rides to appointments and can also help with scheduling vaccinations.
    • Call 1-800-593-7948 for assistance.

Have questions or any additional needs? Send us a direct message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or email us at askJACOHD@uhkc.org.

Do you know someone who could benefit from these resources? Help us spread the word so everyone can enjoy a safer holiday season!

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