Free and discounted rides to vaccine appointments from Lyft and Uber
People who need a ride to their vaccine appointment can now get one for free or discounted through a partnership with the Vaccine Action Command and Coordination System (VACCS) Center, Lyft, Uber, United Way Worldwide, Washington 211 and Sea Mar Community Health Centers. People who face transportation barriers and need a ride to get a vaccine can call the state COVID-19 information hotline at 833-VAX-HELP and a hotline specialist will assist in coordinating the rides. Learn more.
Uber has committed to millions of free rides for vaccine appointments and started a fund so people can pay to donate a ride. Lyft is also offering free or discounted rides and people can sign up for a ride themselves or “send a ride” to a friend or family member.
Get nearby vaccine locations sent to you by text
If you need help finding a COVID-19 vaccine site near you or a loved one, you can now get a current list of vaccination sites straight to your phone. The state Department of Health has a new service available to make it easy to find a shot. Text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) and get a reply by text with information on nearby vaccination sites, including those operated by public agencies, pharmacies and other private businesses. For information in Spanish, text your ZIP code to VACUNA (822862). Mass vaccination sites operated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce are located throughout the county and offer free vaccines by appointment or drop in. Learn more at http://bit.ly/snocovaccine.
New child tax credits to become available July 15
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the first monthly payment of the expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit (CTC) from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15. About 39 million households — covering 88% of children in the United States — will begin receiving monthly payments (no further action required). The increased CTC payments will be made on the 15th of each month unless the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday. Eligible families will receive a payment of up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child age 6 and above. Learn more.
Financial assistance available for internet service
Families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for financial assistance through the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Learn more, view eligibility requirements and apply at fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.
Deadline for Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications is May 24
Eligible eating establishments have until 5 p.m. on Monday, May 24 to submit applications to the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The $28.6 billion fund is designed to speed pandemic relief for qualified businesses. To learn more, view eligibility and apply, visit sba.gov/restaurants.