Jewish Family Service to offer free rides for seniors to get COVID boosters

A woman receives a COVID-19 booster shot at a CVS location. Photo courtesy of CVS

San Diego Jewish Family Service On Wednesday, it announced it would begin offering free rides to local seniors who want to receive booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine or the original vaccine.

Rides are provided by JFS’s “On the Go” seniors transportation program, “serving seniors of all faiths and backgrounds and helping them maintain their independence and mobility,” a statement from the agency said. organization.

“Many of our local seniors are housebound and have no access to transportation,” said Michael Hopkins, CEO of Jewish Family Service. “We can’t let this get in the way of older people wanting to get a vaccine or a booster. We want people to know that we are here to help them.

A team of volunteers works with On the Go to take seniors to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores or other errands. According to JFS, the program expanded earlier this year to provide rides for seniors’ vaccinations and has provided seniors with more than 270 COVID vaccine rides since January.

“With the recent CDC recommendation for booster shots for seniors, we want people to know that we are prepared to offer free rides to seniors who want a booster shot or still need the initial vaccine,” Hopkins said. .

Seniors or their caregivers can call 858-637-3210 to schedule a run. For vaccination or booster appointments, On the Go has shortened the notice requirement from 7 days to 2 days. For more information, visit

Hopkins added that JFS is looking for additional volunteer drivers to help seniors.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization,” he said. “We could not provide the services that help so many people in our community without our team of dedicated volunteers.

–City News Service

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