Note: All rideshare and paratransit services listed below require face coverings or masks, per the ongoing federal mask mandate for public transit.
For some, including homebound individuals and those who don’t drive, navigating the COVID-19 vaccine appointment process can be just half the battle.
If you need a ride to a vaccine appointment or qualify for an at-home COVID-19 vaccine visit, there are a handful of options in Larimer County that can help.
Homebound Coloradans can learn more about, and often register for, an at-home vaccination appointment by calling the state’s COVID-19 information line at 877-268-2926. If you live in Larimer County, call the county health department at 970-498-5500 to set up a local COVID-19 vaccine house call.
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If you need someone to take you to and from a vaccine appointment, there are several providers, including these free options:
Fort Collins nonprofit SAINT — which helps ambulatory seniors and people with disabilities maintain their independence by providing free, door-to-door transportation — can get you to and from vaccine appointments. To set up a ride, call SAINT at 970-223-8604 ext. 3 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. SAINT is not able to provide rides to individuals who require wheelchairs. To become a volunteer driver for SAINT, call SAINT or visit its website, saintvolunteertransportation.org.
Dial-A-Ride, the city of Fort Collins’ paratransit service, is also an option as it provides door-to-door public transportation to riders who have a disability that prevents them from making some or all of their trips on fixed route buses. Existing Dial-A-Ride clients may book a trip to a vaccine appointment by calling 970-224-6066, according to Transfort Director Drew Brooks. Individuals who would like to apply for service can do so by calling Dial-A-Ride at 970-224-6066. There are no fares required for either Transfort bus service or Dial-A-Ride at this time, Brooks said in an email Wednesday.
Rideshare company Lyft is still offering discounted or free rides to people who need help getting to a vaccine appointment. Head to Lyft’s website and fill out a questionnaire on its vaccine access page, www.lyft.com/vaccine-access, to see if you qualify for a discounted or free ride through the company. If you’d like to gift someone with a ride to a vaccine appointment, you can do so by heading to Lyft’s website.
If you’re able to pay for a ride to and from a vaccine appointment, try:
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