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Target aids underserved communities’ access to COVID-19 vaccine

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, Target is doing its part to ensure that underserved communities are able to be vaccinated.

Recently, the retailer shared that it will be working with local, national and global organizations, as well as investing $5 million, in ensuring that more communities have access to the vaccines.

To kick off this goal, Target is contributing $1 million to local and national nonprofits that provide access to free and discounted rides to vaccination appointments via Lyft’s Universal Vaccine Access program.

In addition, the retailer also will give $2.5 million to local community organizations across the county that support vaccination efforts directly in the neighborhoods they serve, the company said.

Target also shared that it will provide a $500,000 donation to the Minnesota Council on Foundations to coordinate philanthropic support with the Minnesota Department of Health’s vaccine equity effort to reach communities of color, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.

Lastly, a $500,000 contribution also will be made to UNICEF USA to support its global work, alongside the World Health Organization and its partners, to ensure fair, equitable access to vaccines, including in countries with limited vaccine supplies, the company said.

“Vaccine availability is increasing across the country, but not as quickly for underserved communities, many of which have been the most impacted by the pandemic,” said Amanda Nusz, senior vice president of corporate responsibility and president of the Target Foundation. “That’s why we’re using our size, scale and resources to make it easier to receive a vaccine. Our $5 million investment helps bridge the gap between these communities and the resources they need, from our hometown to communities across the country and the world.”