Uber and LISC Talk Vaccine AccessUpdated: May 8th, 2021
Unlike many countries, the USA is actually able to give its citizens the protection of a COVID-19 vaccine. But to no ones surprise, the same systemic inequities that caused the pandemic to disproportionately hurt low-wealth, Black and Brown communities are also creating roadblocks to a fair and speedy vaccine rollout.
One of these barriers is lack of transportation access, which mostly affects underserved communities of color. Without a ride, many people have no way of getting to a vaccination site. This is one reason why COVID-19 vaccination rates in Black and Latinx communities and other low-wealth areas are lagging.
LISC, Uber, Paypal Giving Fund and Walgreens have joined forces to create the Vaccine Access Fund, an $11 million initiative that addresses health inequities and facilitates rides to vaccination sites for residents who can’t get there on their own. Global Citizen’s Khanyi talked to Julia Paige, Uber’s Global Head of Social Impact, and Lisa Glover, CEO and President of LISC – Local Initiatives Support Corporation – about the importance of vaccine access, and their collaboration through the Vaccine Access Fund.