You can now pitch in to help people in underserved communities get rides to vaccination sites. Uber, PayPal and Walgreens launched a Vaccine Access Fund on Monday that lets customers donate money to help people without transportation get to their vaccine appointments. You can donate directly through the Uber or Uber Eats app using a new feature supported by PayPal Giving Fund.
The companies also say they're donating $11 million to the Vaccine Access Fund and are now "calling on customers to help too." Nearly half of Americans don't have access to public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association, making it difficult for them to get to vaccination centers.
Donations made to the Vaccine Access Fund will be given to and manage by Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national community development organization. LISC will then work with local nonprofits and partners to arrange free rides for people in the community.
In December, ride-hailing company Uber said it would giveto people looking to get the COVID-19 vaccine.