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Uber and Lyft will give you free rides to vaccine sites

President Joe Biden reached an agreement to allow Uber and Lyft to give free rides to vaccine sites

Uber driver Teresea Melendez waits for her passenger at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Uber driver Teresea Melendez waits for her passenger at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that Uber and Lyft will offer free rides for people who want to get their COVID-19 vaccine shots,

  • The free rides — which will start in the next two weeks — are a part of Biden’s plan to get 70% of the United States vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Axios.
  • The Biden administration will offer information on 80,000 vaccination sites to Lyft and Uber so they can bring people to those locations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

How do you get a free ride to the vaccination site?

Uber and Lyft will have a new feature that will allow people 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,” according to a White House briefing.

Lyft said it would send out a code for people to get a ride to a vaccination site, according to CNBC. The codes would cover the $15 cost of the ride each way.

Statements from Uber and Lyft

  • Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer: “The vaccine is the key to getting us all moving again, and we’re proud to do our part to move the country forward. We’ve always believed transportation has the power to improve people’s lives, and this initiative makes that truer than ever. Helping more Americans get vaccinated helps the Lyft community of drivers and riders, and we’re grateful to the Biden administration for prioritizing access.”
  • Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi: “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. 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 U.S. This is a proud moment for me, for Uber, and for our country. More and more Americans continue to get vaccinated every day — let’s keep moving forward, together.”