Uber Technology, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) and Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) has revealed a new feature to allow consumers to book vaccination appointments at a Walgreens location and schedule their Uber ride to the appointment all within the Uber application. The eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the general public have allowed for Uber and Walgreens to unite on helping the general population have access transportation directly to and from their vaccination appointments. “We’re committed to helping ensure that transportation is not a barrier to getting vaccinated. We know that by making it easier to get to an appointment, more people will get vaccinated,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. “By partnering with Walgreens, our goal is to make getting that shot as easy as booking a ride with Uber.”
“As COVID-19 vaccine inventories expand, so has our shared commitment with Uber to providing innovations that help accelerate access to the vaccine for communities across America,” said John Standley, president, Walgreens.
In unison with Paypal, Uber and Walgreens have recently created the Vaccine Access Fund as all three companies have initially contributed USD 11 Million as it has encouraged customers to donate too. The fund will be granted to and managed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a non profit community development organization to ensure transportation is never an issue to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.