By: Alyssa Wilson
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that rideshare companies Uber and Lyft will offer free rides to and from vaccination sites to promote access to vaccines. The companies will provide the free rides until July 4, when President Biden hopes to have at least 70% of American adults vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
— Uber (@Uber) May 11, 2021
Get in America, we’re getting shots. 🎉 https://t.co/FsjIST1ZDw
— Lyft (@lyft) May 11, 2021
According to CNN, Biden made the announcement in a virtual meeting with governors at the White House. “Uber and Lyft are both going to offer everyone free rides to and from vaccination sites. I think that is really stepping up,” the President said.
Uber and Lyft will promote the rides in their apps. The White House said the process will be simple for passengers. “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.”
In addition to this partnership with rideshare companies, the Biden Administration has partnered with McDonald’s to provide access to COVID-19 vaccine information to customers. At the restaurant’s more than 13,000 United States locations, the McCafé® cups and McDelivery® seal stickers will lead customers to vaccines.gov where they can get more information about how to protect themselves against the virus and where they can find vaccine appointments.
As of May 11, 46% of U.S. adults over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 34.8% have been fully vaccinated.