$11 million fund launched to provide transportation to vaccine sites

$11 million fund launched to provide transportation to vaccine sites

Uber, PayPal, and Walgreens, in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, have announced donations totaling $11 million for a new vaccine access initiative.

The Vaccine Access Fund will support efforts designed to connect people without transportation to COVID-19 vaccination sites, with a focus on underserved communities. Customers can donate to the fund directly through the Uber app using a new donate feature supported by the PayPal Giving Fund. LISC will manage the donations and will work with local nonprofits and other partners serving communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus to coordinate free rides. Any surplus funds will be used to advance the coalition's commitment to health equity by ensuring that people in underserved communities do not miss medical appointments because they lack access to  transportation.

"We recognize that in order to continue the remarkable pace of vaccinations administered in recent months, we must eliminate the barriers that prevent people from traveling to vaccination sites," the heads of Uber, PayPal, Walgreens, and LISC wrote in an open letter to the White House. "As you are aware, this can be a significant challenge for people in underserved communities hit hardest by the pandemic and those without access to personal cars, public transportation, smart phones, or credit cards. The Vaccine Access Fund will help bridge that gap and make vaccine access more equitable."

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