Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Free Article Join Over 1 Million Premium Members And Get More In-Depth Stock Guidance and Research

Uber Requests States to Give Its Drivers Priority for Coronavirus Vaccine

By Eric Volkman - Dec 10, 2020 at 8:56PM

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

The company is asking all state governors to move its riders up in the vaccine line and will make a similar request of President-elect Joe Biden.

Doctors, nurses, caregivers... and rideshare drivers? Uber Technologies ( UBER -4.17% ) considers the latter to be essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, as it has made a series of formal requests for them to receive early access to coronavirus vaccines.

Reuters reported that the company, a leader in the rideshare industry, sent these requests Thursday by letter to the governor of every U.S. state. Uber also plans to send a similar missive to President-elect Joe Biden. The news agency said it had seen one of the letters, which was addressed by the company's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

Man wearing a face mask.

Image source: Uber Technologies.

Referring to the beginning of the spread of the outbreak in the U.S., Khosrowshahi wrote that: "Over the last nine months, these workers have been a lifeline to their communities. They have transported healthcare workers to hospitals, delivered food to people socially distancing at home, and helped local restaurants stay in business."

While its ridership has declined during the pandemic since more people are staying put, many Uber drivers have nevertheless remained busy. According to the company, in the U.S., the number of drivers who have made at least three trips since the start of the pandemic in this country was more than 1.5 million. Roughly 236,000 of those individuals are based in Florida.

Like other rides-hailing operators, Uber has a set of guidelines for its drivers to keep themselves and their passengers safe and healthy. The company recommends frequent hand washing, in addition to vehicle cleaning and disinfecting, among other things. Uber has also instituted a "no mask, no ride" requirement for both its drivers and its riders to wear face coverings during their journeys.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis – even one of our own – helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.

Invest Smarter with The Motley Fool

Join Over 1 Million Premium Members Receiving…

  • New Stock Picks Each Month
  • Detailed Analysis of Companies
  • Model Portfolios
  • Live Streaming During Market Hours
  • And Much More
Get Started Now

Stocks Mentioned

Uber Technologies, Inc. Stock Quote
Uber Technologies, Inc.
UBER
$38.05 (-4.17%) $-1.66

*Average returns of all recommendations since inception. Cost basis and return based on previous market day close.

Related Articles

Motley Fool Returns

Motley Fool Stock Advisor

Market-beating stocks from our award-winning service.

Stock Advisor Returns
673%
 
S&P 500 Returns
142%

Calculated by average return of all stock recommendations since inception of the Stock Advisor service in February of 2002. Returns as of 11/30/2021.

Discounted offers are only available to new members. Stock Advisor list price is $199 per year.

Our Most Popular Articles

Premium Investing Services

Invest better with the Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from the Motley Fool's premium services.