Uber offers trips to the Red Cross to vaccinate security forces

Displacement was one of the Red Cross's difficulties, says the institution's secretary general

Uber will offer 20 thousand trips to the Portuguese Red Cross (CVP), to guarantee the travel of the teams that will vaccinate the PSP and GNR troops in the Algarve, but also in other parts of the country.

“The Red Cross was asked to support the Covid-19 vaccination of agents of the Public Security Police (PSP) and of the National Republican Guard (GNR) military. This action encompasses the creation of three vaccination posts, namely, in Lisbon, Porto and Faro and results from a partnership with the Ministry of Health, which will facilitate access to the national vaccination platform. The necessary preparatory work to carry out this response has already started, in conjunction with the respective departments of PSP and GNR», according to Uber.

“This partnership is unique in its concept and extremely important to CVP. We started, about a week ago, the first phase of vaccination of the Security Forces and one of the most felt difficulties focuses on the difficulty of moving our teams. With the support of Uber, the continuity of CVP's ​​work in the field of vaccination will be facilitated and will allow us to arrive more quickly and safely where we are in fact needed», according to Susana Marques, general secretary of the Portuguese Red Cross.

Manuel Pina, general director of Uber in Portugal, says that the company will finance the 20 thousand trips to the Red Cross «with great pride», noting that this entity «has a fundamental role in supporting the vaccination process. We want to put our technology at the service of the community at a stage where safety on the move is so important».

The mobility partnership between Uber and the Red Cross in support of the security forces agents' vaccination plan “is part of the travel platform's global commitment to providing 10 million free or discounted trips to help ensure that transport not be a barrier to the application of the vaccine”.