Food delivery service DoorDash said Oct. 25 it is joining with Walgreens pharmacies to provide COVID-19 oral treatment Paxlovid in underserved communities.
While the distribution areas were not immediately disclosed, some parts of New Jersey are likely to be included, according to a person familiar with the matter.
DoorDash said that patients with Paxlovid prescriptions from Walgreens can get the medication delivered to their homes at no additional cost. The same-day service can be accessed through Walgreens.com and the Walgreens app through Drive, a DoorDash platform that provides direct delivery service to businesses.
The announcement coincides with a renewed effort by the Biden administration to encourage Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the winter months.
“DoorDash is proud to again respond to the White House’s call to action and partner with Walgreens to expand access to life-saving COVID-19 treatments ahead of the winter months,” said Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean, DoorDash’s vice president of communications & policy. “The pandemic has shown the urgent need for collaboration across the public and private sectors, and we look forward to working with our partners at Walgreens to ensure that those who need these critical COVID-19 treatments can access them in an equitable way.”
The company has been working with businesses in New Jersey, especially restaurants, to help alleviate some of the economic fallout from the pandemic. Last year, Bergen County food security nonprofits Ridgewood Feed the Frontlines, HealthBarn Foundation Inc., and the Bergen County Food Security Task Force launched partnerships with DoorDash to help deliver hot meals to the county’s food pantries.
Also in 2021, the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association joined with DoorDash to issue checks totaling $500,000 to 120 restaurants that applied in February to their COVID-19 relief grant program.
Most recently, DoorDash said in April it would work with food rescue organization Table to Table on a program dubbed Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch, a grassroots initiative that encourages residents to donate the equivalent of one day’s lunch money to help feed others. The effort aimed to provide 25,000 meals to those in need.