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Uber distributes flu shots

By Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — No, the popular ride sharing app is not in Syracuse, but their marketing team spent some time in the city on Tuesday.

Uber teamed up with Passport Health to give free flu shots to Syracuse residents have the app. This isn’t the first time they’ve come to town. They gave out free ice cream in July of this year, despite the fact that New York lawmakers are have not allowed ride sharing apps upstate.

“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,” Josh Mohrer, General Manager, Uber NY said in a news release. “Syracuse is one of the last places in the country without Uber but, on Tuesday, we’re bringing our service to the Empire State to help New Yorkers stay healthy.”

Mayor Stephanie Miner disagrees with many state lawmakers and she does want Uber, Lyft and other apps to be able to be used here.

“All across the country, in cities and in towns, Uber and Lyft and other places are doing ride sharing — it’s the new economy and Syracuse needs to be part of this effort,” Miner said.

She also said that Syracuse is being left behind of the changing economy by not using these apps.

Joe Widden, who was one of the Uber drivers on Tuesday, also wants Uber to come to Syracuse. He has a full time job during the day, but he wants Uber as a part time job.

“I love the fact that you can work any hours you want,” he said.

With the flu shot, patients also got cold and flu necessities.

No one knows when Uber will make their way to Syracuse, but people are working towards it by collecting signatures.

Mayor Miner said you can also reach out to local lawmakers.

“Talk to your state legislators and your state leaders and say that you want ride sharing,” Miner said.