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Uber and Lyft partner with White House to offer free rides to vaccination sites

Under a new partnership with the Biden administration, ride-share companies Uber and Lyft will provide free rides to and from vaccination sites.

The program will launch in the next two weeks and operate until July 4. The collaboration furthers the Biden administration’s target goal of distributing at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of the US adult population by Independence Day. In a press release, the White House explained the collaboration, “As part of this historic commitment, Lyft and Uber will promote rides to and from tens of thousands of vaccination sites through their apps. 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.”

Although the White House markets the rides as free, Lyft released a statement claiming they will only cover $15 of the cost there and back. However, the company claims this should cover the full cost according to the locations of 80,000 clinic sites provided by the Biden administration. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “We are honored to deepen our previous global commitments, and partner with the White House and Lyft to provide free rides to vaccination sites across the US. This is a proud moment for me, for Uber, and for our country.” The ride-share partnership arrives with numerous efforts to vaccinate the American population.

According to the White House, the administration will be working with community colleges to host vaccine clinics, as well as funding community efforts to promote vaccination. As per the above press release, “The President will announce that funding is immediately available to state territorial, Tribal, and local governments for community outreach and engagement to connect people to vaccinations, including through engagement of community-based organizations and faith-based organizations. State, local and community leaders can use FEMA assistance to fund the cost of in-person, phone, and online community engagement – including personnel and other costs.” 

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ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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