Kroger partners with Lyft for new vaccine push

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Kroger is making it easier for Americans with limited access to transportation to get vaccinated for COVID-19. 

The supermarket’s giant Kroger Health division is partnering with Lyft Healthcare, the healthcare subsidiary of rideshare company Lyft, to provide access to discounted rides to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The partnership is part of Lyft’s Vaccine Access Program  and Kroger Health's ongoing efforts to vaccinate Americans. 

Individuals can visit to schedule a vaccine appointment and will receive a Lyft ride code with the appointment confirmation in certain markets. The code will provide $12 per ride, covering travel to and from each scheduled appointment. The individuals can then request their ride to a nearby Kroger pharmacy or The Little Clinic location using the free Lyft app. 

"With only around 50% of the country fully vaccinated, our partnership with Lyft creates greater accessibility to the vaccine and helps remove transportation barriers. said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. “With the new Delta variant on the rise, it's more important than ever that we push forward with our goals to achieve herd immunity and improve vaccine equity.”

Kroger Health's partnership with Lyft will provide access to discounted rides in communities across the nation. To date, Kroger has administered more than six million vaccinations for COVID-19. 

Lyft has previously partnered with other retailers, including Albertsons Cos. and Target Corp., on rides for vaccine appointments. 

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"Making sure people can get to their vaccine appointment is critical to beating COVID-19, and we're proud to partner with Kroger Health to help people across the country access reliable transportation," said Megan Callahan, president of Lyft Healthcare. "Addressing the problem of transportation insecurity is our top priority, and this partnership only strengthens our ability to support equitable vaccine access in communities that need it most."

In May, Kroger launched a new #CommunityImmunity vaccination incentive program, giving customers and employees who have received their vaccine from Kroger Health a chance to win one of five $1 million payouts. It also gave 10 free groceries-for-a-year giveaways each week for five weeks, totaling 50 winners.

Kroger Health has more than in-store 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics in 35 states.