Valley YMCA, Uber partner to give seniors free rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments


A beneficiant donation from a YMCA supporter helped broaden a partnership, providing free rides to Valley seniors to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

PHOENIX — The street to COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Valley seniors is getting a bit of simpler. 

The YMCA and Uber partnered to assist present senior residents with free rides to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The rides can be found in Maricopa County and began on Tuesday. 

A donation from Chuck Dubroff, a longtime YMCA supporter, helped broaden these free rides for seniors. 

The donation paid for the Uber driver. A company spokesman mentioned Uber doesn’t make any revenue on these transports.

The rides broke down barriers— equivalent to lack of transportation—many of our most susceptible Arizonans face when attempting to get to a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

While multiple million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given within the state, the sign-up course of has additionally been irritating for a lot of Arizonans.

Maryann McCann is a Valley senior who obtained one of many free rides. She mentioned she may be very grateful, as a result of the vaccination sign-up course of was not simple for her.

The YMCA and Uber coordinated with the Arizona Department of Health Services for drop-off and pick-up. 

And there are strict COVID-19 precautions in place in the course of the rides, Uber and the YMCA confirmed.  

In addition to monetary donations to preserve this program going, the YMCA mentioned they’re searching for extra neighbors to assist drive folks to their vaccination appointments.

To volunteer, donate or schedule a journey, name 602.212.6088 or electronic mail [email protected] 

The YMCA mentioned they hope to broaden the free journey program, as extra Arizonans change into eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.