May 11, 2021

Uber and Lyft set to offer free rides to US vaccine sites

The boss of Uber said: "Vaccines are our best hope to beat this pandemic". The new initiatives come at a time when US demand for vaccines has declined significantly, forcing the administration to figure out new ways to motivate people to get vaccinated. The free rides from the ride-hailing apps were highlighted by the White House as part of efforts to help the vaccine roll-out. The new offer will be available to all US residents with a vaccine appointment. The rides build on existing schemes Uber and Lyft launched at the end of last year, which help the public but also the companies as they seek to have drivers and riders return to the road. Uber had offered 10 million self-funded free or discounted rides to vaccination sites, while Lyft said it would provide an uncapped amount of free vaccination rides paid for in partnership with other corporate sponsors.

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