Free Transport to COVID Vaccine Appointments

NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh is pleased to offer transportation services free of charge to City of Newburgh residents to and from scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Beginning April 1, 2021, City of Newburgh residents can schedule a free ride to and from a vaccination appointment within 30 miles of the City of Newburgh, including local pharmacies, doctor’s offices, pop-up locations as well as 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 arrangements must be made with at least 24 hours’ notice for appointments scheduled Monday – Friday, and 48 hours’ notice for appointments scheduled Saturday/Sunday.

In order to schedule a ride, the person must be a City of Newburgh 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 appointment location must be within 30 miles from the City of Newburgh. The free transportation service is limited to pick-up and drop-off at City of Newburgh residences only, no additional stops are allowed along the route. Ambulette services will also be available to those who require additional assistance. In accordance with state guidelines, passengers are required to wear a mask at all times for the length of the journey when on board the transportation vehicle.

To broaden outreach to City of Newburgh residents, the City is collaborating with Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall to provide funding for direct transportation to and from MSLC for COVID related medical appointments, including vaccinations, follow-up appointments, and specialization appointments. Further information regarding this collaboration is forthcoming.
This program is funded by City of Newburgh Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Cares Act Funding (CDBG-CV).

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