United Way and Frederick County Health Dept. Launches Free Vaccine Rideshare Program
Schedule your appointment and get a ride at:
301-600-7900 for English
301-600-7905 para Español
Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign will promote equitable access to COVID-19 Vaccines
On May 17, United Way of Frederick County will announce the launch of the Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign, providing access to free and discounted Lyft rides in Frederick County. Transportation has proven to be a key barrier for many individuals, especially low-income households, seeking COVID-19 vaccination.
The Frederick County Health Department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center will act as the hotline partner for the vaccine rideshare program. Call takers will be able to provide free rides through the Lyft app, or provide personalized concierge service for those who don’t have access to a cell phone or a Lyft account. Those seeking vaccination can call 301-600-7900 for English or 301-600-7905 for Spanish to schedule a vaccine appointment and secure a free roundtrip ride to/from the vaccination appointment.
“We are excited about eliminating transportation as a barrier to vaccine access in Frederick County,” said Ken Oldham, President and CEO of United Way of Frederick County. “This program will create more equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine in our community. We are confident that the program will provide ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households with the access they need to get vaccinated.”
ALICE individuals and families who are unable to afford a basic cost of living in Frederick County. The ALICE Report shows that 37% of Frederick County households are ALICE. ALICE households are among the least likely to be vaccinated. Cost of access to transportation is major barrier for ALICE households seeking healthcare services.
Those who need a ride to get vaccinated can call 301-600-7900 for English or 301-600-7905 for Spanish. The first $25 of each one-way ride is completely free to the rider.