Ride United Vaccine Access
United Way of Central Alabama has launched the Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign, providing access to free and discounted rides in Jefferson County in partnership with Lyft. Vaccination rides are the latest implementation of the Ride United program, which seeks to reduce transportation barriers that prevent community members from accessing healthcare, getting quality jobs, completing education programs, and more. Transportation has proven to be a key issue for many individuals looking to obtain their vaccines.
In December 2020, Lyft announced its commitment to help provide access to rides to and from vaccine appointments alongside coalition partners, including United Way. Utilizing the Lyft network, participating local United Way and 211 teams can provide resources to eligible community members, ensuring they have access to transportation for their vaccination appointments. The Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign helps eligible people get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they lack transportation.
Initial funding is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Senior Services.