Uber announced this week that it is providing up to seventy thousand rides to the Brazilian Red Cross. The company is donating promotional codes for the entity to target professionals, volunteers and people in a situation of social vulnerability who need to reach vaccination points.
The Central Office of the Brazilian Red Cross is in charge of registering and approving the codes with its state and municipal branches.
“We want to ensure that mobility is no longer an obstacle for those who want to get vaccinated,” said the then general director of Uber in Brazil, Claudia Woods. “That’s why, in addition to supporting governments and municipalities, we are also supporting entities like the Red Cross, which seek to give more capillarity to vaccination efforts.”
Each promotional code will give free round-trips to vaccination sites worth a maximum of R$ 30.
In addition to the Red Cross, Uber has also signed partnerships with the Central Única das Favelas (CUFA), to pay for travel to the vaccination posts for people in vulnerable situations, with the city halls of Belo Horizonte, Maceió, and Natal, and with the governments of Espírito Santo, Paraíba, and Pernambuco.
The company also supports the vaccination by donating trips to the movement Frente Nacional Antirracista and Unidos pela Vacina, in six cities in Ceará. Uber said it is also in talks with other capitals to support the vaccination of health professionals and other priority groups against COVID-19.
The package of measures, Uber said, is part of the commitment announced by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to provide, worldwide, 10 million free or discounted rides to vaccination posts.