Millions of people can’t get to a vaccine–let’s pick them up. Thanks to a partnership with Lyft, United Way launched Ride United, a transportation access initiative to address unmet transportation needs for families and individuals. United Way has taken this initiative one step further, teaming up with Lyft, Anthem, JPMorgan Chase, and other corporate donors to offer vaccine access to ensure transportation gaps do not prevent anyone from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccine appointments cannot be reserved through the 211 Maryland United Way Helpline, but 211-call specialists can help people understand how to make appointments and schedule a ride through Lyft. Many do not feel comfortable using mass transit during a pandemic, while others don’t have that option due to transportation gaps. This partnership allows for a safer, more reliable way for individuals to get to and from their necessary vaccination appointments.
The approximate cost of one person’s round trip can cost up to $60, so dollars for this initiative will run out quickly. But you can help! Donations to this partnership ensure those at-risk in our communities can safely arrive at vaccination centers, receive their vaccine, and help stop the spread in Central Maryland.
*Rides through this program are currently available in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard County.