New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated

By Kathy Ritchie
Published: Friday, April 2, 2021 - 11:54am

A new website aims to be a one-stop shop for the transportation needs of older adults across the state. AZRideInfo.com is especially important now when some seniors need a ride to get a coronavirus vaccine. 

A big hurdle for older adults who want to get vaccinated is transportation, especially among those who live in rural parts of the state.

Amy St. Peter is the deputy executive director of the Maricopa Association of Governments. 

"And for some of the appointments, it's in the middle of the night," she said. "So if even if they're able to drive, is it really safe, and do they want to drive by themselves at late at night, and so with being able to provide better access to transportation, that's really part of the COVID response."

St. Peter says website users can input their service area and the type of transportation they require. The service is not just for rural Arizonans. She says many folks who live in urban areas also struggle finding rides. 

St. Peter says this website is especially helpful for adult children who don’t live near their aging parents.

Because we find very often that adult children with aging parents living here in Arizona, often don't know where to turn when they're trying to figure out how to connect their parent to really critical services like medical care, sometimes even employment, volunteer opportunities.

Besides being a hub for transportation options, St. Peter says the website will help MAG identify gaps in service and hopefully address them. 

For more information, check out the Rides that Save Lives Toolkit.

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