Roundtrip’s Vaccine Access Program Can Help Get People to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Americans are in the midst of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Locally, there have been failures, such as Philly Fighting COVID, as well as signs of hope, like the work of the Black Doctors Consortium, which recently organized a 24-hour vaccination event event at the Liacouras Center. What has been less discussed is how people can find transportation to vaccination sites.

The new Vaccine Access Program from venture-backed healthcare transportation company Roundtrip, which allows healthcare professionals to book on-demand rides for their patients, seeks to remedy this issue: It’s now enabling healthcare pros to organize rides for people from low-income and at-risk communities to and from vaccination sites.

People without cars or who need to share a ride with a family member, friend or neighbor are at a disadvantage in receiving their COVID-19 vaccination, a challenge that has only been made more difficult by social distancing. Roundtrip CEO Mark Switaj is hopeful that the program will enable disenfranchised people to get better access to vaccination sites.

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