Oswego County offers free transportation to COVID vaccine and testing appointments

In this Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, Dr. Yomaris Pena, Internal Medicine Physician with Somos Community Care at a COVID-19 extracts the last bit of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine out of a vial so as not to waste it at a vaccination site at the Corsi Houses in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York.

OSWEGO COUNTY – Free transportation is being provided to people who need rides for COVID-19 testing or vaccination appointments, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Jim Weatherup announced Tuesday.

The service is provided by the Oswego County Public Transit program, a partnership between Oswego County government and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.

“We are trying to do our best to see that residents have access to the services they need during the COVID pandemic,” said Legislature Chairman Weatherup. “Although we have zero control over vaccine supplies, we want to make sure that people can get to their appointments if they have transportation issues. We do not want the lack of transportation to be a barrier for those who need to be tested or are eligible to receive the vaccine. Our fear is that there are residents who simply won’t seek these services due to their inability to get to the respective sites that offer them.  Everyone deserves the opportunity and this is one way to help make that happen.”

Appointments for transportation should be made in advance by calling 315-598-1514. Transportation is available Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Appointments are required for the COVID vaccine. Eligibility requirements and a list of vaccination sites are available through the New York State “Am I Eligible?” link at covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or by calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829.     

People age 65 and older who need help scheduling an appointment may call the Oswego County Office for the Aging at 315-349-3484.

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