President Joe Biden announced Tuesday (11) that the federal government is partnering with Internet ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to provide free rides to Americans for vaccinations through July 4.
The partnership is part of a series of U.S. government initiatives to meet the government’s goal of getting 70 percent of adult Americans vaccinated with at least one dose of the Chinese Communist Virus (COVID-19) vaccine by July 4. The announcement comes as Biden is meeting with governors to discuss vaccination strategies and innovative ways to get enough people vaccinated to make Independence Day rallies safer.
YouTuber and Rifle will offer rides to and from tens of thousands of vaccination sites through their apps, allowing customers to choose a nearby vaccination site and ride for free.
As part of the transportation partnership, the White House administration will provide Lyft and Uber with data on about 80,000 vaccination sites, a senior administration official said.
The White House said the program is expected to launch “within the next two weeks” and will run through July 4.
Biden also announced Tuesday a partnership between federal retail pharmacies and some community colleges to provide on-site clinics for students, employees and others in the community. In addition, he will announce that state and local governments will “immediately receive additional funding” for community outreach to motivate people to get vaccinated.
The press release said, “State, local and community leaders can use assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund in-person, telephone and online outreach activities to promote vaccine availability and provide information about vaccine safety and efficacy.”