MetroLINK offers free rides to Camden Centre for COVID vaccine appointments


(Undated) -- People needing a way to get to their COVID vaccine appointment at the Camden Centre can get a ride from MetroLINK.

On Tuesdays from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, MetroLINK is offering free rides to the Camden Centre in Milan from Rock Island and parts of Moline.

Jennifer Hirsch, Manager of Administration at MetroLINK, tells KWQC, “So folks who don’t have transportation to the Camden Centre, if they can schedule their appointment on a Tuesday, we should be able to get them a ride and get them over to the Camden Centre."

MetroLINK is hoping the service helps improve access to health care, especially in underserved communities. “We know that there is a need and transportation is something people are looking for who might not otherwise have it and so we are trying to work with other community partners and try to fill those gaps,” says Hirsch.

Hirsch says if your vaccine appointment is scheduled somewhere else, the service may be able to get you there too. “As vaccine rolls out at Walgreens, CVS, and other places as it is doing now, our fixed-route service serves many of those locations so people can also access a fixed-route service and get to a number of those other locations."

Riders can schedule a free ride using the TransLoc app or by calling 788-3360. You will also need to schedule a return ride after you get your vaccine. More information about MetroLINK’s services can be found on their website.