More equity efforts: Uber and Walgreens to offer free rides to COVID-19 vaccine sites

Uber and Walgreens are partnering to offer free rides to COVID-19 vaccination sites in an effort to expand vaccine availability in communities of color.

The companies said in a joint statement that Uber will offer free transportation to Walgreens and offsite vaccination clinics. Once an individual has made an appointment, they will then be able to schedule a free ride. The companies also plan on partnering with the National Urban League to help convince people of the benefits of a vaccine.

The goal is both to address the lack of transportation and to address vaccine hesitancy among communities of color. States continue to struggle with appointment availability, as confusing, glitchy websites crash. At the same time, the supply of doses has not kept up with demand, as states expand eligibility and more people try to schedule a shot.

The program will begin in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and El Paso, Texas.