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Uber, Lyft to offer free rides to vaccination sites in partnership with White House Updated: 2021-05-12 09:58:02 KST

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced that, as part of its new White House partnership, Uber and Lyft will offer free rides to vaccination sites in the coming weeks.
According to the White House, helping Americans get to the vaccination sites will eliminate barriers and push the U.S. closer to President Biden's goal of getting 70-percent of adult Americans at least one shot by July 4th.
While Uber and Lyft have already partnered with other businesses to expand transportation access to vaccination sites, the announcement by the White House is their first formal government partnership.
Lyft said a "ride code" will be available through its website or app by May 24th.
Uber has yet to provide details on how it plans to do it.
However, while the White House advertised the rides as free, Lyft says it will only cover 15 dollars of a ride each way, although the company says the amount should cover "most, if not all" of the fare.
Meanwhile, New York is looking to further boost its own vaccination campaign this week by setting up temporary walk-in vaccination sites at eight subway and train stations.
According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the walk-in sites will be open from May 12th to the 16th at subway stations, including Penn Station and the Grand Central Terminal.
Those who receive vaccines at the temporary centers,.. will be given a free seven-day MetroCard or two free one-way tickets for the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North.
Despite programs centered on urging more Americans to get vaccinated, a new survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows most unvaccinated Americans have no desire to get the jab.
Of respondents who haven't received a shot, 61-percent say they aren't planning on getting it, while 34-percent say they 'definitely' won't.
Just 11-percent of those who haven't been vaccinated yet say they'll "definitely" get vaccinated at some point.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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