Uber will begin to offer free rides to Walgram clinics to help people in underserved communities receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The program is solely focused on those who live in socially vulnerable areas and may not be able to easily make it to a pharmacy or clinic.
The moment you have a confirmed Walgreens vaccine appointment, you’ll receive an email inviting you to look for a free ride if you’re eligible for one. Pilot transit programs will get underway in cities including Chicago, Houston, and El Paso, Texas as the supply of vaccines ramps up, with one in Atlanta getting underway as soon as next week.
Uber’s transit pledge is part of a commitment it made in December to provide up to 10 million free or discounted rides to help people get vaccinated. Over 70 percent of the company’s COVID-19 testing sites are in socially vulnerable communities.
Though, those who lack a smartphone or internet access and people who struggle with online systems may find it hard to book an appointment. In the main time, Uber intends to add in-app features to help drivers, delivery couriers, and freight carriers.