New partnership helps Australians with disabilities get the jab
“This innovative program will not only directly benefit people with disabilities, but also those who support them and the community at large.”
Uber is making immunization easier for the disabled community by providing 10,000 free rides to and from immunization appointments for people with disabilities.
Carpool giant partners with Able Australia for pilot program, which will bring 2,500 people with disabilities across Australia with four free spins.
People can also be accompanied by their caregivers – among 12 disability service providers, including Able Australia, Nextt, Mind Australia and Vision Australia – and will be able to claim a free ride for their first and second dose.
Uber chief executive Dom Taylor said the lack of transportation options shouldn’t be a barrier to getting the jab.
He said businesses have a role to play in helping people get through the pandemic and Uber was no exception.
“We know that some people with disabilities are at a higher risk of complications from COVID and at the same time there are mobility issues that people with disabilities face when it comes to accessing the vaccine,” Taylor said.
“We want to play a role in helping more people with disabilities access the vaccine and believe that by leveraging our platform, which is already helping millions of Australians to easily move from point A to point B, we can help make a difference. “
Able Australia CEO Kate MacRae said she welcomes the partnership with Uber.
She said it was clear that more needed to be done to help people with disabilities access vaccines safely and reliably.
“We were thrilled when Uber came to the table to offer these trips and to make sure that cost was not a barrier to accessing vaccines for thousands of Australians,” MacRae said.
“This innovative program will not only directly benefit people with disabilities, but also those who support them and the community as a whole. This is a great example of what is possible when communities come together.
The partnership was also praised by Bruce Maguire, a person with a disability.
He said the disability community often relies on point-to-point transportation like Uber.
“This partnership means that people will be able to avoid the hassle of navigating places and transport routes they may not be familiar with and will make accessing their vaccinations a less stressful experience,” Maguire said.
You can find out more about the program here.