COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Transportation is providing extra funding to help get all eligible Ohioans to COVID-19 vaccination sites.
According to a news release, The Rides for Community Immunity program will provide $7 million distributed across all 88 counties.
- For the 70 counties that have public transit programs, ODOT will be awarding the funds directly to public transit agencies.
- In the 18 counties that do not have transit service the funding will be given to the county health department and can used for purchased transportation services.
Funding will be distributed based on the most recent U.S. Census data.
“We want to make sure all Ohioans who want the vaccine have equal ability to get the vaccine,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Equity includes having access to transportation services.”
ODOT is encouraging Ohioans to reach out to either their local public transit agency or health department for more details about riding to vaccination clinics.