Uber announced on Friday it will donate trips to the city of Belo Horizonte and the State of Pernambuco in Brazil. The company said it is in talks with other capitals, such as Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Salvador, among others, in order to support the vaccination of health professionals and other priority groups against Covid-19.
Uber will provide promotional codes to the displacement of priority groups, according to the schedule set up by each government. Each promotional code will give a maximum bonus of BRL 30 to trips towards vaccination sites.
“We want to ensure that mobility is no longer an obstacle for anyone who wants to be vaccinated,” says the general director of Uber in Brazil, Claudia Woods. “Therefore, in addition to supporting governments, we are also supporting the Central Única das Favelas (Cufa) to allow the most vulnerable people to have a mobility option to reach vaccination sites. At this time, our partnership with them is to identify elderly people who are in priority groups so that we can offer trips.”
“Favelas are a space that has been neglected, where people are there for lack of alternatives, and where everything is more difficult even in normal times – let alone in a challenging time like the one we live in,” points out Celso Athayde, founder and general coordinator of Cufa. “Initiatives like this one from Uber, which seek to facilitate access to the vaccine for the favela residents who are at risk groups, are fundamental.”
The company said it will also support the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass) to promote information about vaccines and vaccination programs to the entire community of more than 22 million users and 1 million partners of the app.
The measures are part of Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi‘s announcements to provide 10 million free or discounted trips worldwide to help people mobility in order to get vaccinated.