KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — With Oregon in the final stretch of its vaccination goal, Klamath County Public Health says that it has partnered up with Basin Transit Service to get anyone wanting a COVID-19 vaccine to a clinic for free.
The program starts immediately and will continue for two months, KCPH said. Local residents can use the service for a trip to the Sky Lakes COVID Vaccination Walk-In Center or Albertsons, both on the first and second dose.
“We strive daily to remove transportation barriers for all individuals to reach healthcare, employment, business and leisure destinations safely and efficiently,” said Adrian Mateos, general manager of BTS.
Those interested in getting the free trip can call 541-883-2877 to be picked up at their home.
“It would be nice if everyone who is eligible would be vaccinated, but our focus is ensuring our most vulnerable populations, such as our elderly residents become fully vaccinated," said KCPH director Jennifer Little. "Free transportation should make that goal easier to attain.”
This effort has been funded through a grant from the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, KCPH said.
As of Wednesday morning, Oregon had reached 68 percent of adults with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The goal stipulated by Governor Kate Brown for widespread lifting of restrictions is 70 percent.