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Taking the bus to get your vax? Your fare is on us!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: transport, immunisation, vaccination, campaign

MetroInfo media release: 28th September 2021

Metro is offering free travel for booked COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Greater Christchurch - as part of a national campaign. 

Caregivers and dependents can also travel for free with you, to and from your booked COVID-19 vaccination appointment. 

Simply show your appointment letter, text or email appointment confirmation (either in paper or on your mobile phone) and the driver will welcome you on board for free. 

You can travel free on the date stated on your booked appointment confirmation. Please do not use public transport if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, are travelling to get a test, or awaiting results, or if you need to self-isolate. 

Come on Canterbury, let’s keep COVID-19 out 

Uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine is our best option for getting Aotearoa through the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, many New Zealanders face barriers to getting vaccinated, including access to affordable transport. We’re doing our bit in the fight against COVID-19 by removing the transport barrier for Greater Christchurch and supporting our residents to get vaccinated.  

Face coverings and registering your travel with the COVID-19 app (or by phone at 03 366 88 55) remains mandatory:

  • when using Metro bus and ferry services; and
  • at bus stops, the bus interchange and ferry terminals.

The fine print 

Free travel on Greater Christchurch Metro bus and ferry services for COVID-19 booked vaccination appointments will run from Monday 27th September 2021 to Friday 31st December 2021. It will be reviewed nationally in November this year.  

If you have questions about this initiative, please call Metroinfo on 03 366 88 55. 

We haven’t forgotten about you Timaru! 

We’re currently working on introducing free travel to vaccinations in Timaru as well. Keep an eye out on the Timaru Metro website and MyWay by Metro Facebook page for further updates.  

Note: Community vehicles run through the Community Vehicle Trust's throughout the region are not eligible for this initiative.