Need a ride to get vaccinated against COVID-19? Here’s how Houstonians can get free Uber rides to appointments

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2020 file photo, a traveler rides in the back of an Uber vehicle at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles.   Uber saw record demand in the first quarter, Wednesday May 5, 2021,  as its food delivery business remained strong ease even as lockdowns ended and more customers hailed rides(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2020 file photo, a traveler rides in the back of an Uber vehicle at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. Uber saw record demand in the first quarter, Wednesday May 5, 2021, as its food delivery business remained strong ease even as lockdowns ended and more customers hailed rides(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Need a ride to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment? Uber and U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. have you covered.

According to a release from USBC, an advocate for Black-owned businesses, small business leaders have expressed the need to remove barriers to vaccine education and accessibility for their employees, community, and families in order to return to work at a more sustainable capacity and pace.

With the lack of transportation creating a unique barrier to getting vaccinated, Uber and USBC kicked off an initiative the week of April 19 to offer 10,000 free, round-trip rides to vaccine appointments in seven cities, including Houston.

“At Uber, we believe that transportation should not be a barrier to a vaccine. As such, we are providing 10,000 rides to our partners at the U.S. Black Chambers to disseminate to their members,” Danielle Burr, head of Uber federal affairs, said. “Working together, Uber and the USBC will ensure equitable access to vaccines so all communities have the tools for recovery.”

The initiative offers rides for use by small businesses and employees through September 30, 2021 or until supplies last.

“The USBC advocates through action on behalf of those who have historically been left out of access to resources and opportunities,” Ron Busby, Sr., U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. president and CEO, said. “Working with Uber increases the ability for high-risk communities and the Black-owned businesses that anchor them, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by helping reduce transportation inequity — ultimately supporting recovery for our neighborhoods and nation.”

Those in need of a ride to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment must complete an online form.

For more information, visit the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. vaccine page.


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