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Vaccinate NEPA: Volunteers transporting elderly for COVID-19 vaccines

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Some people who are fortunate enough to get an appointment to receive their COVID vaccination don’t have the transportation to get to there.

Volunteers are making sure seniors who cannot get to their vaccination appointment can still leave COVID-19 in their rearview mirror.

It’s not a bus or a taxi. It’s volunteers donating their time to keep their community safe.

“From Nanticoke to even Pittston, it’s a long haul. So, we’re just glad to volunteer and help out,” said Mark Finkelstein, a volunteer.

Finkelstein grew up in Kingston. He volunteers with his wife, saying it’s his turn to give back to a community that has given him so much.

“Oh, it’s wonderful. Everyone should be able to experience that,” said Finklestein.

Matthew Vough is the chairman of the Luzerne County Cares Commission which started the initiative. He says they have over 90 volunteers so far with 25 signing the necessary paperwork.

“We organized a volunteer effort to drive those in need, those 75 and older and those with immune deficiencies, to go secure their vaccines. We have a group of volunteers throughout the county who are willing to transport them for free,” said Vough.

He says they are working to get all their drivers vaccinated, to eliminate the concern of high risk passengers who may fear they could contract COVID-19 from their driver. Vough says at the end of the day, it’s all about bringing together the public and elected officials to help those in need.

You can contact Matthew Vough by email if you’d like to volunteer.

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