Municipality to Waive Transit Fares for Riders Attending Vaccine Appointments

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is waiving fares for any rider using public transit for travel to or from COVID-19 vaccine appointments and walk-in clinics. This policy comes into effect immediately and will run until August 30, 2021.


Riders attending any COVID-19 vaccination appointment, at CK Public Health Clinics, pharmacies or primary care offices, will have fares waived if they attend the appointment using any Ride CK Public Transit service including Chatham Conventional, Inter-Urban, Chatham Accessible, and Wallaceburg Accessible.

“We ask that riders let the driver know they’re going to a vaccine clinic at the time of boarding,” said Ann-Marie Millson, Manager of Transit for the Municipality. “We understand the cost of transportation can be a barrier for many residents who are trying to get vaccinated.”

“Removing barriers to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccines is a community effort and we are delighted to have such willing partners in our community,” says Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health for Chatham-Kent. “I truly hope that people take advantage of this generous offer and take the time to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19 and its variants.”

Normal transit routes and schedules are operating with information available at www.rideck.ca.
For information on vaccination options, including upcoming CK Public Health clinics, please visit ckphu.com/covid-19-vaccination-clinics.

COVID-19 Service Information
Riders are reminded it is mandatory to wear masks or face coverings on public transit vehicles and to practice physical distancing wherever possible, even at bus stops. Keep two (2) metres between yourself and others. Practice good personal hygiene, including frequent handwashing with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

Riders who have symptoms associated with COVID-19, have travelled outside the country within the last 14 days, or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, should not take public transit.

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For more information, please contact:

Ann-Marie Millson
Manager, Engineering (Transit)
519-360-1998
ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca

Caress Lee Carpenter
Community Outreach & Public Relations Officer (CK Public Health)
519-360-1998
ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca