COVID-19: Uber, Bolt and Deliveroo among companies to offer discounts and vouchers to people vaccinated

COVID-19: Uber, Bolt and Deliveroo among companies to offer discounts and vouchers to people vaccinated

Discounted meals and cheaper cab rides will be offered to customers who receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as part of a government-led attempt to increase vaccine use.

Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among the brands that will offer incentives to encourage young people to get vaccinated.

Almost three million under 30 have not yet received a first COVID vaccine dose.

The Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) said taxi app company Uber will send reminders to all users in August to encourage them to get stung.

The company will offer discounted rides for young adults who receive a vaccine, as well as cheaper meals on its food delivery platform, Uber Eats.

Bolt, another ridesharing app, will offer ‘free ride credit’ to vaccination centers following a similar scheme earlier this year when it offered £ 250,000 in free rides to vaccination centers in London.

Deliveroo will give vouchers to young people who get bitten.

Deliveroo will also offer discounts. Photo: AP

A spokesperson said: ‘We want to do our little bit to support the NHS during the pandemic, including delivering one million free meals to frontline NHS staff and vaccination centers. This is the next step in helping people get vaccinated and safely return to normalcy. “

DHSC said more details on the partnerships would be released “in due course” and other incentives “could include vouchers or discount codes for people attending pop-up vaccination sites and booking through the NHS, contests on social networks and promotional offers for restaurants ”.

The government added, “Companies will not request or maintain health data for the incentive program. “

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Until July 30, 46,811,298 people in the UK had a first coronavirus vaccine, with 38,126,702 double prick.

This means that about 88.5% of adults have had at least one jab and 72.1% have had two.

Currently, about 67% of 18-29 year olds have had at least one injection, according to the DHSC.

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid thanked the companies involved in the voucher program for “stepping up”.

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said so far there has been “strong enthusiasm” among young people to get vaccinated, adding: “Please get your vaccines as soon as you can and get a good deal ”.


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