Uber and Lyft to provide free rides to vaccination sites as part of new White House partnership

11 Mai, 2021, 22:53 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Uber and Lyft will provide free rides to any user traveling to get the COVID-19 vaccine through an agreement reached with the White House.

"By helping Americans get a free ride to a vaccination site, Lyft and Uber are eliminating a potential barrier and driving America closer to the President's goal of getting 70% of the US adult population with at least one shot by July 4th", the White House said Tuesday.

Lyft and Uber separately told TechCrunch the companies will cover the costs of the free rides.

Biden is also set to announce funding that will be "immediately available" through the Federal Emergency Management Agency for states to fund more on-the-ground efforts to promote vaccinations in their communities, including phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, and pop-up vaccination sites in workplaces and churches. People will be able to sign up for their ride code by May 24, the company said.

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"Vaccines are our best hope to beat this pandemic and soon everyone in America will be able to take a free Uber to get their shot", Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement.

Lyft says that by May 24th, users can claim a ride code, which covers $15 of rides each way to and from a vaccine site. The offer covers daytime rides on bikes and scooters, as well as in cars.

"The vaccine is the key to getting us all moving again, and we're proud to do our part to move the country forward", Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer said. "Helping more Americans get vaccinated helps the Lyft community of drivers and riders, and we're grateful to the Biden Administration for prioritizing access".

It builds on free and discounted ride programs that Uber and Lyft have been running in recent months. Uber first rolled out a COVID-relief program in March to offer free rides and deliveries. In December, the company said it would give an additional 10 million free or discounted rides. It will work with community colleges to open vaccine sites on campuses and offer more support to community, grassroots efforts to help people get vaccinated.

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