Miami-Dade County, United Way of Miami-Dade and Uber partner to help get people vaccinated; Uber to provide 21,000 rides to reduce transportation barriers
Today, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, United Way of Miami-Dade, and Uber announced a partnership to provide more than 20,000 rides connecting residents to vaccination sites, to help ensure all people can access the COVID-19 vaccine.
Uber’s ride donation will help remove transportation barriers that could prevent residents from accessing the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, by providing roundtrip rides (up to $35 per ride) to the County's vaccine sites located at Tropical Park, Zoo Miami, and Homestead Sports Complex. Uber is integrated into the Miami-Dade pre-registration process, so residents with limited transportation options can sign up for both their vaccine shot and a ride to and from a County-run vaccination site at the same time. Residents can register for an appointment by calling 305-614-2014 or visiting miamidade.gov/vaccine.
Access to transportation is a key indicator of social vulnerability. Neighborhoods where residents lack access to transportation have also frequently experienced higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19. This program will not only help ensure that individuals have access to vaccine sites, particularly in underserved areas disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
"As we work to get shots in arms and to expand vaccination among all communities, I'm excited we are launching this new partnership to remove barriers to vaccination in Miami-Dade," said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. "Our message to all Miami-Dade residents is that we need you to get the shot to protect yourself, your loved ones, and help our community move forward, and we are working to make it as easy and accessible as possible to get a vaccine."
"Working through the United Way of Miami-Dade, we are proud to support Miami Dade County's efforts to significantly boost access to COVID-19 vaccines in Miami-Dade by providing transportation to and from vaccine appointments," said Javier Correoso, Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Uber. "Throughout this pandemic we’ve maintained operations to provide essential services in Miami and have taken multiple steps to help ensure that safety is at the heart of everything we’ve done. This is just the latest effort in our ongoing commitment to provide communities we serve with support they need during this unprecedented time."
Register for a vaccine appointment with Miami-Dade County and request a ride – in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole – by calling 305-614-2014 or visiting miamidade.gov/vaccine.