Jul 26, 2021
RTA, Cleveland Health Department Launch "You Drive Us to Keep Greater Cleveland Healthy"

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and the City of Cleveland are collaborating to increase interest in and access to COVID-19 vaccines. RTA has designed a specially wrapped bus to be retrofitted to serve as a mobile vaccine clinic, and will be traveling to multiple locations throughout the City of Cleveland over the next several weeks.

RTA’s first stop, and the public’s first chance to receive a vaccine on the RTA mobile clinic, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27 on Public Square.  A City Club Forum featuring RTA’s CEO and General Manager, India Birdsong, is also scheduled at that time.  Appointments will not be necessary; walk-ins are welcome.

“RTA is proud to partner with the City of Cleveland on this important initiative,” said Ms. Birdsong.  “RTA’s mission is to connect the community, and our role in this effort demonstrates the critical nature of that mission. We are eager to do our part to make it as easy as possible to remove any access barriers to anyone who wants to get the vaccine,” Ms. Birdsong said.  

Ms. Birdsong’s remarks at The City Club Forum will focus on the future of RTA and the importance of initiatives such as this.

To schedule an appointment in advance of Tuesday’s mobile clinic or any upcoming stops, please visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call the City of Cleveland vaccine call center at 216-664-2222 for assistance.  Currently, evnets are scheduled: 

RTA Event (27JUL) – Public Square from 11:30-1:30
University Circle (31JUL) – Superior and 55th from 1-4
Mayor’s Night (03AUG) - Kerruish Park
Jazz for Harvard (05AUG) – Whitney Young parking Lot
Daisy’s Ice Cream Truck (07AUG) – 57th and fleet
County HHS Event (10AUG) – Harvard Library
Cav’s Family Fun Day (21AUG) – Zelma George Recreation Center
John Adams HS Event (04SEP) – Luke Easter park

Call center hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm.

“The mobile clinic will target neighborhoods where vaccination rates are low and cases are disproportionately high,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We want everyone in our community to be safe from COVID-19 and one of the most effective tools we have is vaccination. I got my COVID-19 vaccination, and I urge you to get yours.”

Although this specific initiative is targeted to higher risk neighborhoods, the Cleveland Department of Public Health encourages everyone to be vaccinated

All residents 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine on the mobile clinic. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to receive the vaccine.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from The Ohio Department of Transportation and their “Ride to Community Immunity” initiative.

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life for its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play, and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit www.clevelandohio.gov, or follow @CityofCleveland on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Linda Krecic
Spokesperson and Public Information Officer
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
216-390-9605 (mobile)


Latoya Hunter Hayes
Director of Communications & Media Relations
City of Cleveland
216-857-4371 (mobile)
216-664-4303 (office)