Starting Wednesday, March 31, Pierce Transit will provide free bus rides to passengers traveling to or from COVID-19 vaccination appointments along local bus routes, or to volunteer at a vaccination clinic. The free rides include travel to mass vaccination sites as well as other immunization locations, such as pharmacies.
The free round-trip will be available throughout the day of a vaccination for passengers who confirm they have an appointment, typically in the form of a printed confirmation, email, text or verbal confirmation. Free rides will also be available to vaccination site volunteers who provide written or verbal confirmation they are working at a vaccination clinic that day.
“This is a great way to reduce barriers to underserved populations that need access to transportation to reach their vaccination appointment,” said Pierce Transit CEO Sue Dreier. “It’s also a key way to continue moving our community forward toward a post-pandemic future.”
Pierce Transit is working in cooperation with the State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Command and Coordination Center to provide this community service.
Pierce Transit continues to provide additional health and safety measures onboard buses, such as daily to several-times-daily vehicle disinfecting, limited number of passengers on buses and separation of passengers onboard. Masks are required onboard, and are provided if a rider does not have one.