Want a free flu shot? There's an Uber for that, but only if you live in one of a handful of cities, and request it between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow
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That's right: Uber's on-demand flu shot experiment—which started in 2014—is back, but this time eligible customers won't have to pay the $10 fee. If you're one of those eligible customers, you'll open your Uber app between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Oct. 25, request the "Health" option, and a registered nurse will come to deliver a flu shot for you and up to four other people.
The offer is available in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington, D.C., and a few other mid-size cities scattered around the South, Northeast, and Midwest. The entire states of Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire are also eligible. For a full list, check out Uber's blog post.
At least one of the eligible cities—Albany, N.Y.— is currently without regular Uber service. The company used its one-time flu shot offering as a dig at Albany officials who have stymied its attempts to set up shop there.
"While Albany dysfunction prevents Upstate New Yorkers from having access to affordable and reliable transportation options, it doesn't have to limit their access to flu season essentials at the touch of a button," Uber's New York General Manager Josh Mohrer said in a statement to the Albany Times Union.
Just over 40 percent of the people who requested $10 flu shots from Uber during last fall's promotion had never received a flu shot, a statistic Uber hailed as evidence that its program is increasing access to healthcare.