COVID-19 vaccines are on the way and Lyft is stepping up to provide free rides to and from vaccination sights for a large number of Americans.
The rideshare company announced Tuesday they are partnering with JPMorgan Chase, United Way and Anthem Inc. to provide free rides to those in uninsured and at-risk communities across the country.
Free rides will be available
Lyft said in a statement that one of the top reasons people miss medical appointments is because they can't get there, so they decided to step in and fix that.
“Making sure people can get to vaccination sites when they need to is mission critical to beating this virus,” said Lyft Co-Founder and President John Zimmer, “This is an opportunity to use our collective strength to mobilize on a massive scale and serve our communities. We cannot let the lack of transportation be a factor in determining whether people have access to healthcare.”
The program is part of the company's "LyftUp Initiative," which has a goal of providing everyone with the opportunity of getting wherever they need to go in an affordable and reliable way.
Drivers will actually still be getting paid for the rides as each drive will be funded by partnering companies, community organizations and some truly awesome individuals.
The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine began rolling out last week in the United States.