Uber offers free rides to school personnel for vaccination appointments

By John McPhaul

Puerto Rico Teachers Association (AMPR by its Spanish initials) President Víctor M. Bonilla Sánchez announced Wednesday that, along with the American Federation of Teachers, AMPR has partnered with the ride service Uber to offer free trips to teachers, school personnel, students and other employees of the island public education system for the purpose of facilitating their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

The alliance is part of Uber’s “10 Million Free Rides” campaign to ensure that lack of transportation is not a barrier to accessing a vaccination.

“The health and well being of our school communities are important in continuing to support our children and youth in their educational process,” Bonilla Sánchez said. “We thank Uber for including Puerto Rico educators, students, their families and school personnel in their initiative.”

Andrés Echandi, general director of Uber for the Andean, Central American and Caribbean regions, added that “we are very excited to make our platform available to the Puerto Rico Teachers Association to provide school personnel with a reliable alternative for moving to and from vaccination centers.”

To benefit from the initiative, Puerto Rico public school teachers and their families, as well as other school personnel including school cafeteria employees and custodians, will receive a promotional code valid for two trips with a value of $15 per trip.

“We encourage school personnel to contact the Teachers Association via email at to obtain the promotion code,” Bonilla Sánchez said.

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