May 21, 2021

In rural and urban communities across the country, homebound Americans are struggling to access COVID-19 vaccination sites. Across the nation, this mobility challenge affects an estimated 4 million people. If people can’t access vaccine sites due to limited transit options, then help is needed to bring the vaccine to them or provide the necessary transportation.

To support vaccine accessibility, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is providing several national and local nonprofit organizations with more than 50 vehicles and grant funding.  The vehicles support efforts in 13 states, with grant funding assisting various multicultural organizations throughout the country.

A group of non-profit and municipal agencies focused on supporting older adults will receive funding for vehicles to assist with rides to vaccine appointments. In addition, the Los Angeles City Fire Department will dispatch teams for home visits in a fleet of Toyota vehicles and to support pop-up clinics, and UnidosUS will deploy its Toyota fleet as part of the Esperanza Hope for All vaccine education campaign.

“Through mobility we can improve access to vaccines and enable organizations to reach hundreds of thousands of people across the country,” said Chris Reynolds, chief administration officer, TMNA. “By collaborating with AARP, UnidosUS and a host of additional community partners, we’re able to extend resources to organizations that have an intricate knowledge of the communities’ specific needs, coming together to make the strongest impact.”

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