Uber delivering free flu shots, wellness packs


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Uber plans to deliver free flu shots throughout the Columbus area Tuesday afternoon.

Between 11am and 3pm Tuesday, Uber will deliver flu season care packages around Columbus. When a pack is delivered, a registered nurse will be available to give up to five flu shots at no cost.

According to Uber health care advisor Dr. John Brownstein, PhD, the flu affects up to 20% of the population each year, but less than 50% of adults receive a flu shot.

Every person who receives a flu shot reduces the risk of others getting the flu by 50-60%, according to Brownstein.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open the Uber app between 11am and 3pm Tuesday, October 25
  2. Request the ‘Health’ option
  3. You’ll get a free care package and the option to receive the Fluzone vaccine for up to five people
  4. A registered nurse from Passport Health will administer the vaccine and handle all required paperwork

Uber says they expect demand to be high, so check the app often for availability.

In addition to Columbus, the service will be available in Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; Washington DC; Syracuse, NY; Albany, NY; Rhode Island; Boston, MA; Connecticut; Portland, ME; Delaware; New Hampshire; Houston, TX; Tallahassee, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Birmingham, AL and Chicago.

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