Uber & Walgreens Partner To Get COVID-19 Vaccines To New Jersey Drivers
SECAUCUS, NJ — Today Uber joined with Walgreens to announce that all eligible drivers with Uber across New Jersey will receive a unique authorization code to book a vaccine appointment at their nearest Walgreens location. This partnership will help streamline the COVID-19 vaccination appointment process. Today’s announcement is the latest in Uber and Walgreens’ partnership to develop initiatives aimed to help accelerate COVID-19 access to people and underserved communities.
While the state of New Jersey recognizes app-based drivers as essential workers for vaccine priority access, the vaccine appointment process can be confusing if people do not know when they are eligible, or how to show they meet the eligibility criteria. This new technology solution gives an easy way for drivers and delivery people to provide that proof as well as book a vaccine appointment.
Within Uber’s driver app, drivers and delivery people will be able to book a vaccine appointment with Walgreens where they’ll see their unique authorization code and will be directed to the Walgreens appointment booking website. Here is a GIF to see how it works.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic drivers have been essential — getting medical staff to their jobs, delivering food, and helping get their cities moving again,” said Carrol Chang, head of driver operations for the U.S. & Canada, Uber. “We are pleased that New Jersey has recognized this and given them priority access to the vaccine and now through our partnership with Walgreens, it will be easier for them to book a vaccination appointment.”
To help drivers and delivery people across the country navigate the vaccine process, we have also launched local and state guides with eligibility requirements and criteria as well as an in-app essential worker card where eligible.
Throughout the course of the pandemic, Uber has donated 10 million free or discounted rides globally for those traveling to COVID vaccination appointments. The company is also partnering with the National Urban League, the Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Action Network, organizations with deep ties to the communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in an effort to truly engage with the community and ensure that those most in need have access to the reliable transportation options.