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United Way’s 211 to Connect Manitobans with Vaccine Transportation

April 15, 2021 9:23 AM | News

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A typical vaccination station at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Monday, December 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — The province is making it easier for elderly Manitobans and those with mobility challenges to attend a COVID-19 vaccination site.

Through a new partnership with United Way’s 211 Manitoba, the service will connect people with Transportation Options Network for Seniors (TONS), who will coordinate a ride for those with vaccinations appointments.

“Seniors can call a single number, no matter where they live in the province, to find out what transportation services might be available,” said Health Minister Heather Stefanson.

“This will help make the process simpler and easier, while providing a valuable service to Manitobans who need it, so they can get their vaccine and protect themselves against the COVID-19 virus.”

Once an eligible person has a confirmed COVID-19 appointment, they can call 211 with the date, time and location. The 211 navigators will help them identify available options and connect them with the transportation provider they choose. Individuals are responsible for the cost of their transportation service, which could include handi-transit, taxi or a shuttle service.