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Richmond non-profit offers free rides for seniors to vaccination sites

People aged 55 and over requiring a ride can call 604.279.7020.
As part of a re-launched Transportation service, RCRG's agency vehicle, donated by the Rotary Club of Steveston, will be used to bring seniors to medical appointments. Pictured, from left to right, are Frances Ho, Program Coordinator, Richmond Better at Home; Carol Dickson, Manager, Seniors Community Support Services; and Ed Gavsie, President & CEO, RCRG.

Seniors who are facing transportation barriers to get to their second COVID-19 vaccine shot can get a free ride from a Richmond-based organization.

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) is offering rides free of charge to seniors who are looking for a safe way to travel to local vaccination sites.

RCRG is using its agency vehicle, an SUV with a plexi-glass barrier installed between the front and the back seats, to take seniors to and from the sites, according to Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of RCRG. 

The B.C. government and United Way of the Lower Mainland are expanding services to help seniors whom have been affected amid the pandemic to get through the crisis. RCRG has been designated as one of 24 COVID-19 Response Hubs for seniors. 

Gavsie said they have already given many vaccination rides since February.

“I can tell you that the people I drove were extremely appreciative. I took two to River Rock Casino and one to Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Otherwise, they have no other way to get around especially to River Rock,” said Gavsie.  

Free rides are limited to within the Richmond municipality at this time as RCRG only has one organizational vehicle safe to use during the pandemic. 

People aged 55 and over requiring a ride can call 604.279.7020. Service is offered seven days a week.