Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi urged Gov. Phil Murphy to include its ride-share and delivery drivers among the list of people to receive early COVID-19 vaccinations.
“As you finalize your state-level allocation and distribution plans, I encourage you to recognize the essential nature of their work,” he said in a letter to the governor. “I want to ensure these individuals can receive immunizations quickly, easily and for free, and I offer Uber’s assistance to you in making that a reality.”
New Jersey is set to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days. Those first doses will go to health care workers and residents of long-term care centers.
That lines up with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, which said those groups should receive the vaccine first because of their exposure to the virus or their vulnerability to it.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to issue further guidance on vaccine priorities at a later date, and its possible transportation workers could be included in those recommendations.
Separately, Khosrowshahi offered Uber’s aid on vaccine distribution and education.
“My earnest hope is that Uber can continue to be a resource for the people of your state in the coming months,” he said. “Together, I hope we can use our technology to accelerate the end of this public health crisis and the beginning of the economic recovery to come.”