Transportation access provides vaccinations for vulnerable communities

3/10/2021, noon
 Transportation access provides vaccinations for vulnerable communities

     Millions of people lack access to essential resources — including healthcare — simply because they can’t get a ride.
     The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified this problem, as tens of millions of Americans will face transportation barriers getting to vaccination sites.
     CVS Health recently announced a community-based strategy to address inequities related to COVID-19 vaccine access in vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on Black and Hispanic populations.
     Lyft is joining this effort, along with the YMCA and other non-profit partners, to help underserved communities access vaccination appointments by providing access to rides for those in need.
     CVS Health is working with an extensive network of community-based leaders and nonprofit organizations, including free and charitable clinics, faith-based organizations and others, to reach these vulnerable patients and help them make an appointment.
     “Forty-six percent of Lyft rides start or stop in low income communities,” said John Zimmer, co-founder and president, Lyft. “The combined strength of CVS Health and Lyft, with our ability to reach vulnerable communities, enables us to support equitable vaccine access in communities that need it most. Now more than ever, equity matters.”
     “We are committed to reaching people of color and underserved communities to ensure health equity as we work to vaccinate all Americans,” said Karen S. Lynch, president and CEO, CVS Health. “Our presence in communities across the country uniquely positions CVS Health to educate vulnerable populations and connect them with vaccine administration services.”
     “Throughout the pandemic, the Y has worked to meet the needs of the 10,000 communities we serve across the United States,” said Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA. “We are proud to team up with CVS Health as part of our efforts to help ensure everyone has equitable access to accurate information about the vaccines and to the vaccines themselves, especially communities of color, which have been disproportionately affected by the health and economic impacts of the virus.”