Uber, being the leading ride-hailing app in the UK is doing its best to assist the government and its people. As the UK has begun its Covid-19 vaccination drive for 300,000 people a day, Uber is stepping in by covering £15 worth of rides for those who are travelling to any of the seven mass-vaccination centres in England.
This is to help the people going for the vaccination and support the UK government to fight against coronavirus pandemic.
In compared to the original fare Uber charges, it will cover £15 of passengers’ trips after entering the promo code for the mass-vaccination drive ahead of the journey. This subsidized rate offer is extended to all trips including the wheelchair-accessible Uber Access vehicles and Uber Assist vehicles.
The seven vaccine centers across the England are:
- Robertson House, Stevenage
- Excel Centre (Nightingale), London
- Centre for Life, Newcastle
- Etihad Tennis and Football Centre, Manchester
- Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey
- Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
- Millennium Point, Birmingham
Besides, Uber is also working with Age UK to identify those areas where free round trips are possible.
“Our national effort to accelerate the vaccine rollout across the country is an essential part of defeating Covid-19 and getting this country back to normal,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
“It is great that Uber is doing their bit by covering free trips to the seven mass-vaccination centers.”
“It’s vital that the most vulnerable people in our society are vaccinated against the virus as soon as possible, and we want to help remove any barriers that could prevent them from travelling safely to get their jab,” said Jamie Heywood, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe.
Hannorah Lee, Director of Partnership at Age UK on having a tie-up with Uber said, “This has been an extremely challenging time for millions of older people across the country – many have spent almost a year shielding and missing out on seeing their loved ones in a bid to reduce their risk. We’re extremely grateful to Uber for giving free journeys to Age UK, so that where possible, we can support our volunteers to help older people get to their appointments, and so they can provide any extra assistance if required. This will certainly help ensure that as many older people as possible are vaccinated.”
This subsidized ride offer from Uber comes right after Bolt who offered £250,000 worth free rides to Londoners travelling to look for new job post-pandemic.