There are disparities in getting access to the COVID-19 vaccine, especially in communities of color and within communities that lack access to vaccination sites. In an effort to take a step towards eliminating these disparities, the Allen Law Firm donated $10,000 to help launch the Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign, in partnership with Lyft and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. This initiative provides access to free and discounted rides to vaccine sites for people in the Richmond region.
Vaccination rides are the latest implementation of the Ride United program, which seeks to reduce transportation barriers that prevent community members from accessing health care, getting quality jobs, and completing education programs. Transportation has proven to be a key issue for many individuals looking to become vaccinated.
How does Ride United work?
The program will provide free rides to and from vaccine appointments, through the distribution of up to $120 in ride credits for individuals receiving their first and second doses of the vaccine. For those interested in utilizing the service, sign up here.
“We’ve long admired the work that United Way does across the region, and we’re thrilled to have the chance to partner with them to increase vaccine access,” said Edward Allen, president of the Allen Law Firm. “At our firm, we are committed to protecting the injured, and in this case, we are excited to be a part of an initiative that’s going to help us move closer to life beyond the pandemic and ultimately, save lives around the region.”
“When it comes to ensuring everyone has access to vaccines, bridging the transportation gap to the sites is critical,” said James Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. “At United Way, we are passionate about creating community partnerships that make a difference, and we’re thrilled to have the support of Allen & Allen and Lyft.”