Uber, Bolt and Deliveroo among firms to offer vaccinated people discounts and vouchers
Author: Wardah Sempa | Monday 2nd August 2021
A number of food delivery apps will be offering discounted travel and meals to people who are vaccinated, as the government looks to increase uptake in younger people. Offers include free lifts to vaccine centres and cheap meals for those already inoculated.
Discounted meals and cheaper cab rides will be offered to customers who get a Covid-19 jab. Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among the brands that will offer incentives to push young people to get vaccinated. Almost 3 million under-30s are yet to receive a first COVID vaccine dose. "It really is, for us, just the right thing to do", Gavin Smith, director at Pizza Pilgrims, told Sky News.
"If that is the difference for somebody, who is tight on time, to come and get their jab, then we're happy to give them a slice of pizza when they've had their jab", Mr Smith said, revealing that 70% of his staff who are younger than 26 are yet to be fully vaccinated.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said taxi app firm Uber will be sending reminders to all users in August encouraging them to get jabbed.
The company will offer discounted journeys for young adults who receive a vaccine, as well as cheaper meals on its food delivery platform, Uber Eats.
Bolt, another ride-hailing app, will offer "free ride credit" to vaccination centres following a similar scheme earlier this year when it offered £250,000 worth of free rides to London vaccination facilities.
Deliveroo will give vouchers to young people who get jabbed.