Uber, Lyft to give free rides to COVID-19 vaccine sites in deal with White House

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Uber and Lyft will provide free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites for anyone who still needs to get their shot, the White House said Tuesday.

As part of the effort, the ride-hail companies will promote trips to and from tens of thousands of inoculation sites across the country, the administration said in a statement.

The free rides are part of President Biden’s push to get 70 percent of American adults at least one shot by July 4 — and come as daily vaccination rates are dropping across the US.

In all, 80,000 vaccine sites will be part of the program, which is set to launch in the next two weeks, the Wall Street Journal said.

The US has seen a drop in demand for vaccines in recent weeks as more Americans have received their shots — but only 34.8 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

Both Uber and Lyft lobbied to help the country tackle COVID-19, the WSJ said. The White House roped the companies into the vaccination push last week, according to the report.

“Helping more Americans get vaccinated helps the Lyft community of drivers and riders, and we’re grateful to the Biden administration for prioritizing access,” Lyft president John Zimmer said in a statement.

“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.

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