Ride United Vaccine Access Campain offers free rides to those getting the COVID-19 vaccine

A new program launched this week provides free rides to those in the greater Salt Lake County area with COVID-19 vaccination appointments

United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) and Utah 211 are calling the program the United Vaccine Access Campaign. UWSL partnered with Lyft and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah to offer the free service.

As the county, state, and federal vaccine rollout continues, the Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign helps eligible people get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they lack transportation.

“Utah 211 understands the barriers that contribute to the community’s social determinants of health. The Ride United Vaccine Access program allows Utah 211 to connect more Utahns to COVID vaccination appointments, bridging gaps and inequities that contribute to health disparities,” says Beth Martial, managing director of Utah 211. “At a local level, Utah 211 is honored to help contribute to our public health prevention strategies by providing equitable transportation resources.”

This free service is available in nine Utah counties: Box Elder, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, and Weber. Rides are available for 1st and 2nd doses and can be scheduled up to a week in advance through Utah 211. Riders should call 211 or visit 211utah.org for more information.