Nine months ago, as the pandemic upended our lives and shut down our cities, Uber committed to providing 10 million rides and food deliveries to healthcare workers, seniors, and other people in need around the world.
Nine months later, in a historic feat of science and innovation, those same healthcare workers and seniors have already begun to be vaccinated.
Yet a huge public health challenge remains before us. Not only will we need to deliver vaccines quickly and efficiently, we will need to boost public confidence in vaccine safety and ensure that all people have easy access to them.
We again want to do our part to help. Today, Uber is committing another 10 million free or discounted rides to help make sure that transportation is not a barrier to getting the vaccine.
We’re beginning this effort in partnership with the National Urban League, the Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Action Network, organizations with deep ties to the communities of color that have been disproportionately hurt by the pandemic—with more partnerships to come soon.
In the months ahead, alongside our community partners, we’ll work to ensure that those most in need can get to and from a vaccination appointment—and back again for their second and final dose.
We hope our technology can help make the largest-ever global immunization campaign a success and deliver the benefits of the vaccine quickly, effectively and equitably.
“The Covid pandemic has hit Black Americans the hardest, with a disproportionate share of cases, deaths and economic hardship. We also know that communities of color have less reliable access to transportation, presenting another barrier to getting vaccinated. We’re looking forward to working with Uber to knock that barrier down.” — Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President, National Action Network
“Now that we have a vaccine approved, our next priority has to be focused on getting as many people vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible. Access to care has long been one of the most pernicious of the social determinants of health and this pandemic has only exacerbated that problem. This is why we are so elated to be joining forces with Uber to work together to create equitable access to the vaccine for so many of our hardest hit communities. The path out of this pandemic runs in parallel with the path towards health equity, and we’re glad to have Uber as a partner along the way.” — Daniel E. Dawes, Executive Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine
“The availability of a vaccine is no guarantee that it will reach the communities who are most desperately in need of it. It will require a historic effort on the part of government, private industry and community groups working all working in coordination. We commend Uber for taking the initiative in forming these crucial alliances and we are proud to move forward together in helping to heal the nation.” — Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League