LANTA Provides Free Vaccine Transport For Seniors

Written by on March 11, 2021

LANTA Provides Free Vaccine Transport For Seniors

By  Hayden Mitman

March 11, 2021

Thousands of people are expected to be vaccinated at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s clinic on March 11 at Dorney Park

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But Gov. Tom Wolf says that one of the most difficult things about getting people vaccinated is getting them to clinics. 

The governor recently lauded vaccination efforts throughout the state but, there are still hurdles to overcome. 

“We know that transportation is a challenge in terms of making sure that this vaccine is accessible,” Wolf says.   

He says that disabled Pennsylvanians and the elderly can have a harder time getting to scheduled vaccination appointments. 

But in the Lehigh Valley, the Lehigh and Northampton Transit Authority (LANTA) is working to help out. Since February, the transit provider has offered free door-to-door pick-ups for seniors.

Executive Director Owen O’Neil says LANTA has partnered with Lehigh and Northampton counties to cover transit costs. 

“This is just the most significant community effort that’s been undertaken in a long time. So, we wanted to make sure we assist in any way that we could with those efforts,” O’Neil says.  

Though the service just began last month, O’Neil says he has already seen a significant increase in use on a daily basis.  

LANTA’s buses can’t go to a drive-thru clinic, like the one at Dorney Park. But, if seniors have an appointment at a clinic, pharmacy or doctor’s office in Lehigh or Northampton counties they can get a free ride to get vaccinated by calling 888-253-8333.

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