A Black doctors group teamed up with Uber to get people in Philadelphia to COVID-19 vaccine sites. Philadelphia’s Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (BDCC) partnered with Uber to get people who may have difficulty getting to vaccine appointments to available doses.
“We have found that access to transportation is not just a barrier to receiving the coronavirus vaccine, but in receiving quality healthcare,” Kamau Stanford, COO of the BDCC told NBC News 10. “We are thankful for Uber for providing free rides to help us in stopping the spread and morbidity associated with COVID-19,” Stanford added.
The free ride program is being funded through a $250,000 donation from Uber and will give eligible residents of Philadelphia four free rides, two round-trip visits to a BDCC-run vaccination site. The goal is to give 10,000 rides at no cost.
“This partnership is a milestone in our larger commitment to provide ten million free or discounted rides to those in need, and we’re humbled to lend our support,” Uber Policy Manager Harry Hartfield said in a statement, per the outlet's report.
Vaccine hesitancy among Black American adults has decreased since early data was compiled in December 2020.
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