By Ed Madden, Coordinator for Public Outreach, Pace Suburban Bus
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your community healthy, which is why we’re answering some of the key questions riders have about getting vaccinated.
Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine when I’m eligible?
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has advised that COVID-19 vaccination is a critical step in containing the threat of COVID-19 – but it takes all of us. Getting vaccinated not only protects you but can help maximize immunity in your community. Building a community defense is a team effort, and you’re a key part of that team. That’s why Pace encourages riders who are eligible to get vaccinated and do their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Can I get to my vaccination appointment on Pace?
Many of the hospitals, pharmacies and mass vaccination sites in the local area are served by Pace bus routes. If you’ve already made your appointment, plan your public transportation trip at PaceBus.com. If you’re wondering which vaccination location options are reachable by public transportation for you, check out our map of all the buses and trains in northeastern Illinois.
What else can I do to protect my community from COVID-19?
Even as more people get vaccinated, it’s important to keep practicing the safe riding behaviors on Pace ADA Paratransit and fixed route buses. Under federal law, riders must continue to wear masks when on Pace vehicles or while using Pace facilities. We also encourage riders to give other passengers and drivers space when possible and to travel with a personal care attendant if physical assistance is needed as drivers are unable to provide such assistance. Pace will continue to take the necessary steps for keeping riders safe, including deep cleaning and sanitizing vehicles daily, cleaning high-touch surfaces regularly, providing drivers with PPE, and refusing boarding to unmasked riders.
Together, we can beat COVID-19. Getting more Pace riders vaccinated is a big step toward that goal. As COVID-19 vaccination plans continue to evolve, we encourage you to refer to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for the most up-to-date details.
Ed Madden is the Coordinator of Public Outreach for Pace Suburban Bus and one of JJ’s List’s Hop on the Bus to Independence presenters. Among his many communication responsibilities, Ed promotes the numerous transportation services that Pace offers in the 6-county Chicagoland region.