|As Virginia prepares for the coming flu season, the Richmond Ambulance Authority has joined more than 60 entities including hospitals and health care providers and organizations representing state and local government, businesses, educators, and many other stakeholders and communities of interest in the Commonwealth to issue a statement to promote the importance of getting a flu shot – now, more than ever, during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
To support this effort, Lyft, the ride-sharing company, is offering ride credits for people traveling to get a flu shot. Virginians can use the code VAFIGHTSFLU for rides to and from vaccination sites. Ride credits will be available until Dec. 31, 2020 and additional terms may apply.
In addition to this statement, a radio public service announcement that encourages Virginians to get a flu shot has been produced and shipped to stations across the Commonwealth.
The joint statement is endorsed by these organizations: AARP Virginia, the American Academy of Pediatrics – Virginia Chapter, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – Virginia Section, APIC Virginia, Augusta Health, Ballad Health, Bon Secours, Carilion Clinic, Celebrate Healthcare, Centra Health, Chamber RVA, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Clinch Valley Health, Fauquier Health, the Hampton Roads Chamber, HCA Virginia Health System, Health Quality Innovators, Inova, LeadingAge Virginia, Lyft, Mary Washington Healthcare, MEDARVA Healthcare, the Medical Society of Virginia, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Novant Health UVA Health System, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Quality Insights, the Richmond Ambulance Authority, Riverside Health System, the Roanoke Regional Chamber, Sentara Healthcare, Sovah Health, Twin County Regional Healthcare, UVA Health, Valley Health System, VCU Health, the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, the Virginia Alliance of YMCAs, the Virginia Assisted Living Association, the Virginia Association of Counties, the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the Virginia Association of School Nurses, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Health (and the Virginia Board of Health), the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Education Association, the Virginia Health Care Association-Virginia Center for Assisted Living, the Virginia Health Care Foundation, Virginia Health Catalyst, Virginia Hospital Center, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Nurses Association, the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives & Leaders, the Virginia Pharmacists Association, the Virginia Rural Health Association, and Wythe County Community Hospital.