Free Uber rides to Jersey City Seniors, Front Liners for COVID Vaccine

by PDM STAFF

“Uber Ride” | Photo by alextorrenegra via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Uber will bring essential frontline workers and seniors — 75 years old and over — to and from Jersey City’s COVID-19 vaccination sites without cost to them at the start of Phase 1B in New Jersey. Uber, the company known for ridesharing and carpooling; and, meal delivery and freight, is donating 12,000 free round-trip rides to the city and its residents.

Uber has partnered with Jersey City to help residents avoid potentially crowded mass transit and having to pay extra for a ride. Hudson County, which includes Jersey City, is the sixth most densely populated county in the U.S. Jersey City alone has 262,000 residents.

According to the state’s Phase 1A plan, only health workers, nursing home residents and staff, and staff of mortuaries and labs can get vaccinated. Certain essential workers like police and firefighters were added on Jan. 7. Phase 1B will include seniors 75 and up, and 1C will include those 65 and up and other groups. The state website explains the phases.

“This latest joint venture with Uber will provide our seniors and frontline workers with free, safe, and direct access to lifesaving vaccinations,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “I’m extremely grateful for Uber’s generosity, which will ultimately encourage more people to get vaccinated early.”

Eligible residents can indicate they need a free Uber ride when scheduling their vaccination appointment with the city (see link to the city and county sites below). 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.

“Leveraging our platform to help communities and small businesses during the pandemic has been our company’s primary focus in recent months and this groundbreaking partnership with Mayor Fulop and Jersey City fits that mission perfectly,” said Alix Anfang, Spokesperson for Uber New Jersey.

For more information and an appointment, when eligible, please visit www.jerseycitynj.gov/vaccine.

The city’s vaccine scheduling portal will be available through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) once the federal government opens vaccinations to Phase 1B. The city’s first vaccination site is the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center, located on Martin Luther King Drive, with sites expanding to all six wards as more people can get vaccinated under federal guidelines.

To address the lack of education taking place nationwide, Jersey City is also offering informational workshops about the vaccine to all of Phase 1A and will extend availability according to the federally phased allocation.

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