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City of Tallahassee encouraging seniors to ride for free to vaccine appointments

Posted at 1:35 AM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 11:43:55-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Star Metro is providing free rides to COVID-19 vaccination sites like Publix and Walmart in an effort to make sure anyone who wants a vaccine, gets a vaccine.

All people need for a free ride is proof of appointment to be shown to the bus driver.

Telly Thomas, a lead operator for StarMetro, said bus drivers are eager to do their part in helping to vaccinate Tallahassee.

"We providing," said Thomas. "You know, we're here for the community, and that's what we're based on."

Thomas said he has only given out about four wristbands for free rides since the initiative was announced on Thursday.

These are numbers City Commissioner Diane Williams-Cox hopes rise when restrictions on who is allowed to receive the vaccine loosen.

"It's a people puzzle," said Williams-Cox. "And as we continue to try to put it together here at the city of Tallahassee, we're doing everything we can to make sure that we're doing our part to bring down barriers to access to transportation as well as access to the vaccine."

Currently, Leon County has vaccinated more than 25,000 residents, with the city doing its part to help anyone who wants a vaccine, get a vaccine.

"We're always ready to help our citizens get to the services they need," said Williams-Cox.

StarMetro has bus routes Monday through Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

More on bus routes can be found by clicking here.