Mayor Fulop has teamed up with Uber for a project that the City hopes will expand residents’ access to COVID-19 vaccinations with free Uber rides to and from Jersey City vaccination sites. Once Phase 1B, is in effect and essential frontline workers and seniors 75 years old and over, the city will provide 12,000 free roundtrip rides to residents who will benefit most from avoiding public transportation due to high-risk conditions or otherwise.
“We’ve been successful in utilizing our community partnerships to create innovative solutions to meet various challenges exacerbated by this pandemic, and this latest joint venture with Uber will provide our seniors and frontline workers with free, safe, and direct access to lifesaving vaccinations,” said Mayor Fulop via the press release. “I’m extremely grateful for Uber’s generosity, which will ultimately encourage more people to get vaccinated early.”
To apply for a free Uber ride to and from vaccination appointments, eligible residents can indicate they need a ride when scheduling the appointment with the city. The rides can be booked through the Uber app. For those who do not have access to the company’s app, Uber will also provide the city with a dedicated platform called “Uber Health” where HHS staff can book rides for residents.