Nonprofit offers free rides for older adults to get vaccinated in Sumner County

Cynthia Banada
Posted at 4:29 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 22:00:26-05

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Sumner County is one of the communities that is now allowing people 65 and up to start making vaccine appointments.

However, some older adults are struggling to find transportation.

That’s where groups like the nonprofit Community Life Bridge come in.

For those who don’t have access to transportation, volunteers are offering free rides for older adults living in Hendersonville and Gallatin who are scheduled to receive their vaccine.

Right now, Volunteer State Community College is the biggest vaccination site in the area.

"I think most people would be surprised how many seniors adults in our communities are homebound and don't have a way to have their needs met, to go to doctor appointments and then when it comes to schedule a COVID vaccine at a very specific time and place," said Loren Sluder, executive director of Community Life Bridge.

Sluder said they've taken extra steps to make sure rides are safe, from sanitizing the cars to drivers and riders both wearing masks. Some drivers have even been vaccinated.

Since the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, older adults will get two rides for free.

If you need a ride, you have to give the group a three-day notice prior to your appointment. You can call 615-431-2660 or click here.