United States President Joe Biden announced on May 11 a new partnership with ride-sharing companies to provide free rides to those going to vaccination sites.
“To ensure that transportation is less of a barrier, from May 24th through July 4th, Uber and Lyft are both going to offer everyone free rides to and from vaccination sites,” Biden said during a virtual meeting with bipartisan governors at the White House.
“People will be able to simply select a vaccination site near them, follow simple directions to redeem their ride, and then get a ride to take them to and from a nearby vaccination site free of charge,” the White House said in a statement.
Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement that the company was “honored” to partner with the White House and Lyft while Lyft President John Zimmer stated that they were “grateful to the Biden administration for prioritizing access.”
“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… let’s keep moving forward together,” Khosrowshahi stated.
“The vaccine is the key to getting us all moving again, and we’re proud to do our part to move the country forward,” Zimmer stated.
The new effort is part of the Biden administration’s goal of administering at least one shot of the vaccine to 70% of American adults by July 4.
According to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has administered 263,132,561 doses of the vaccine.
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