IDG Benefits Fund is providing free flu shots for New York’s Uber, Lyft and other Black Car service drivers.
Drivers can sign up at driversbenefits.org/flu or call 1-855-979-1445 and redeem at any Rite Aid now through Nov. 30.
“Half a million New Yorkers ride with Uber, Lyft or other Black Car service drivers every day and protecting drivers with free flu shots will strengthen the health and safety of riders and drivers alike,” said Andrew Greenblatt, executive director of IDG Benefits Fund, which runs the free Drivers Benefits program for New York for-hire vehicle drivers.
“A single driver can transport more than a dozen riders per day. A flu shot can help protect a driver from illness so that they don’t have to lose working days, and it also can protect their family, and their passengers.”
IDG Benefits Fund is the sister organization of the Independent Drivers Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate which represents and advocates for more than 80,000 for-hire vehicle drivers in New York.
“One of the most important things we hear from drivers is that they can’t afford to get sick. Any illness, whether its themselves or taking care of their family members, means they can’t work and puts their household in jeopardy. Providing free flu shots is another way we can help support working drivers while also protecting our communities,” Greenblatt added.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) said that flu vaccination is the best protection against the flu, which usually begins in the fall and can continue through late spring. The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older.
Last year approximately 40 million Americans got sick with the flu, according to CDC estimates. Learn more about flu vaccination, prevention, symptoms and diagnosis at www.cdc.gov/flu.