Free Transportation Available to County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced today Dutchess County Public Transit is offering free transportation to residents with COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the County’s two Fixed Points of Dispensing (PODs), as well as future pop-up sites throughout the county, beginning Saturday, April 10th.
Residents will simply present proof of a vaccine appointment – either a paper or digital ticket is acceptable – to Public Transit drivers when they board a bus to and from the vaccination site. Dutchess County’s two Fixed PODs locations, in Poughkeepsie and Dover, were chosen due to their ease of access via Dutchess County Public Transit, offering the greatest access for residents on each side of the county.
County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Dutchess County is proud to offer free transportation to residents receiving COVID-19 vaccinations at our County-operated sites, removing barriers for those looking to obtain this life-saving vaccine. For months Dutchess County has worked to expand residents’ accessibility to vaccine, regardless of where in the County they reside, and providing complimentary transportation to and from our Points of Dispensing is the latest effort to equitably vaccinate and protect residents in every community. We look forward to residents throughout Dutchess County utilizing this latest offering so we can vaccinate as many of our friends and neighbors as possible.”
Dutchess County’s POD in Poughkeepsie is located at the former JCPenney store at the Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Road. In addition to picking up and dropping off riders at their established stop at the Galleria, located at the entrance outside the food court and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Public Transit buses will transport riders with appointments directly to the former JCPenney site. The County’s POD in Dover is the former CVS pharmacy, located at 3081 Route 22. Each of the sites is available by appointment only.
In recent weeks, DBCH has hosted Community Pop-up vaccination clinics in Beacon, East Fishkill, Hyde Park, Pine Plains and the City of Poughkeepsie, with more planned for LaGrange, Millerton, Pawling, City of Poughkeepsie and Union Vale in the coming weeks. Complimentary transportation to these upcoming Community Pop-up sites will also be available through Dutchess County Public Transit.