Uber is taking their approach to customer service and convenience to an entirely new level.
If you need to get somewhere in a hurry, you probably don’t have time for a flu shot either. Uber’s taken care of that, with the rideshare company dolling out free flu shots today.
Users can choose the ‘Health’ option in the Uber app today, between 11:00am and 3:00pm, to request the vaccine along with your ride. As Uber detailed in a blog post, a registered nurse will come to administer the flu shot, along with a flu-fighting care package.
This isn’t the first time Uber’s provided health services to their riders. Through UberHEALTH, they did the same flu shot giveaway two years ago in busy metropolitans Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. Last year, they upped their vaccine service to 35 cities. The vaccines cost $10, but up to 10 people can be vaccinated per request.
This year, the flu shots are completely free, though the number of vaccinations was halved to five per trip. And if the flu-fighting care packages are similar to those from previous years, expect to see a combination of water bottles, tissues, hand sanitizers, totebags, and lollipops.
Why is Uber being so socially conscious? They made light of the fact roughly 20% of the population is affected by the flu each year; a vaccine reduces the likelihood of infection by a significant 50-60%.