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Free rides to vax

Metlink said it had been offering the free service since September 20 as part of a co-ordinated effort to boost attendance at vaccination centres and events. PHOTO/FILE

Free public transport is being offered by Metlink for people getting their covid-19 vaccination.

Metlink said it had been offering the service since September 20 as part of a co-ordinated effort to boost attendance at vaccination centres and events across the Wellington region.

Metlink general manager Scott Gallacher said free travel will be available for anyone heading for a vaccination.

Metlink acting general manager Bonnie Parfitt told Greater Wellington Regional Council’s transport committee on Friday that the offer extended to support people.

Gallacher said Metlink had been working with Waka Kotahi and district health boards to make getting a covid-19 vaccination as easy as possible.

“Passengers can simply hop on board any of our Metlink bus and train services as they head for a vaccination. Metlink is proud to be able to offer this important service to our region’s communities at this time.”

He said the return trip was also being offered free to all passengers travelling on the day of their vaccination appointment who could show their booking confirmation and date either on paper or their devices.

Metlink advised passengers to follow all government advice at all alert levels when waiting for and on board all its services.

Gallacher said Metlink understood that government mandated measures put very real limits on the capacity on board its services, “so we thank all of our passengers who continue to do the right thing and wait for the next bus, train and ferry when they are full”.

He said the government had made it very clear that these are measures to help protect everybody’s health as the threat of the delta variant looms.

“We’re very thankful to all of the employers across the region that are playing their part and continuing to work in modern ways so people can work remotely which lightens the load on our limited capacity and our essential frontline workers as well as keeping the region safe.”

Passengers can find their nearest vaccination centre at healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-vaccination/wellington/

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