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Need a safe ride to your COVID vaccine appointment? 'Ride United' is here to help

The "Ride United" program offers free rides from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to help get people to their appointments.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — With more COVID vaccines about to become available, many people will need a safe ride to their appointments.

United Way of Madison County has partnered with Toyota, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, GM and Progress Bank to help people get to their appointments.

The "Ride United" program offers free rides from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to help get people to their appointments.

The program is focused on helping seniors, veterans and those who don't have any other transportation options to and from a confirmed vaccine appointment.

To use the program, all you have to do is dial 2-1-1. You must have a confirmed appointment at a vaccine site prior to calling 2-1-1 to schedule your ride.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a plethora of information on how to protect yourself and other from the coronavirus.  

The virus can easily spread from person to person, so the CDC recommends you stay at least 6-feet apart from people not in your household. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breaths or talks, according to the CDC. Because of this, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth facemask when around others and in public. 

Additionally, the CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Symptoms to look out for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the CDC. 

If you suspect you have the coronavirus, you should seek out testing and self-quarantine. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the Alabama Department of Public Health. 

For the most up-to-date COVID vaccine information, check out this WZDX story: Alabama COVID vaccine updates 

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