As part of the Biden administration's ongoing plan to vaccinate at least 70% of U.S. adults by July 4, the White House has teamed up with Lyft
"As part of this historic commitment, Lyft and Uber will promote rides to and from tens of thousands of vaccination sites through their apps. People will be able to simply select a vaaintion 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," the White House said in a statement.
The vaccination program will run from May 24 until July 4th, with Lyft and Uber both handling the logistics.
"The vaccine is the key to getting us all moving again, and we're proud to do our part to move the country forward," Lyft co-founder and President John Zimmer said in a statement. "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."
"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," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. "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."
Both companies had already partnered with other businesses to provide free rides to vaccination sites as well as donation funds and incentives.
Back in March, Lyft launched a Fund-a-Ride campaign that would benefit lower-income individuals, senior citizen, and other people in need of assistance to getting to vaccination sites. Lyft had teamed up with Hilton
For Uber, the ride-hailing company partnered with Walgreens