City of Newburgh offers free rides for residents to get vaccinated

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NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh is offering free transportation to city residents to and from scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Residents can schedule a free rise to and from a vaccination appointment within 30 miles of Newburgh, including to local pharmacies, doctor’s offices, pop-up locations, as well mass vaccination sites at SUNY Orange in Middletown and Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz.

Advance reservation is required and can be arranged by calling the city’s fire department dispatch at 845-569-7420.

Transportation arraignments must be made at least 24 hours prior to the appointments scheduled Monday through Friday and 48 hours’ notice for appointments Saturdays and Sundays.

In order to schedule a ride, the person mut be a Newburgh city resident. Riders will be required to show that day’s confirmation of their vaccine appointment in the form of a print-out or on their smartphone.

The transportation is limited to pick-up and drop-off at City of Newburgh residences only. No other stops will be allowed along the route.

Ambulette services will also be available to those who require additional assistance.

To broaden outreach to city residents, the city is collaboration with Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital to provide funding for direct transportation to and from the hospital for COVID-related medical appointments, including vaccinations, follow-up appointments, and specialized appointments.

The program is funded by the city’s Community Development Bock Grant Cares Act Funding.