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  • Uber will offer free rides to patients who schedule a Walgreens COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
  • The pilot program will first kick off in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, El Paso and will then be expanded to other cities.
  • Walgreens and Uber have also partnered with the National Urban League, a civil rights organization that advocates on behalf of African Americans against racial discrimination, on an educational program to help address vaccine hesitancy.

Walgreens and Uber are joining forces to help make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible in underserved and rural communities. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to several factors that hinder vaccine access for communities of color — which have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic — including vaccine hesitancy and lack of transportation. 


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In an effort to address those challenges, the companies announced Tuesday that ride-sharing service Uber will offer free rides to patients who schedule a Walgreens COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Once a patient has a confirmed appointment at a Walgreens or an offsite clinic operated by the drugstore chain, the patient will receive an email with an offer to schedule a free ride. 

The pilot program will first kick off in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and El Paso and will then be expanded to other cities. The partnership is part of Uber’s larger commitment to provide up to 10 million free or discounted rides to make sure transportation is not a barrier for people to get the critical coronavirus vaccine. 

The program will roll out in the coming weeks once coronavirus vaccines become available to the general public. Walgreens is expected to begin administering vaccines to priority groups in pharmacies on Feb. 12 at locations in 15 states and jurisdictions. 

“Transportation should never be a barrier to health care. We look forward to building on this exciting new partnership with Walgreens, harnessing the power of the Uber platform to help connect more people with vaccines, as we all work together to help end this pandemic,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a news release. 

Walgreens and Uber have also partnered with the National Urban League, a civil rights organization that advocates on behalf of African Americans against racial discrimination, on an educational program to help address vaccine hesitancy. 

Uber is also launching new in-app features to connect its drivers and delivery workers with the coronavirus vaccine when they are eligible to receive the jab. 

According to the CDC, more than 42 million vaccine doses have been administered across the country. 


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Published on Feb 09, 2021