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Covid news – live: Young offered takeaways and taxis to get vaccine as Sunak ‘urges’ PM to ease holiday travel

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Companies including ride-sharing app Uber and food delivery service Deliveroo have been recruited to drive vaccine uptake among younger age groups.

Ministers are hoping the push will help overcome hesitancy in 18-29 year-olds in England after it was revealed that just 67 per cent of the age bracket have received a first dose, compared with the UK total of 88.5 per cent of all adults.

As part of the campaign, Uber will send reminders to users to get the jab in August, along with discounts on rides and Uber Eats meals for those who get vaccinated. Meanwhile, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are offering discounts and incentives to customers who protect themselves from Covid-19.

It comes as Rishi Sunak reportedly wrote to Boris Johnson – who is said to be “raging” with the latest vaccine figures – advising him to ease holiday travel restrictions in order to boost the economy and save thousands of families’ summer travel plans, according to The Sunday Times.

His warnings come ahead of a crucial meeting on Thursday to decide the travel rules for August.


Sunak calls on Johnson to ease holiday travel rules – report

Rishi Sunak has urged Boris Johnson to ease holiday travel restrictions in order to boost the economy and save he summer travel plans of thousands, it has been reported.

The chancellor has written to the prime minister warning that the UK’s border rules were damaging the economy and tourism, according to The Sunday Times. In the letter, Mr Sunak said that the country’s border policy was “out of step with our international competitors”, adding that the restrictions had a detrimental effect on jobs

His warnings come ahead of a crucial meeting of ministers on Thursday to decide the travel rules for August and amid growing concern that Britain has saddled travellers with more “draconian” rules than other countries, writes Leonie Chao-Fong.

The chancellor warns the UK’s border rules damage the economy and tourism


Fast food and taxi perks aim to beat vaccine hesitancy among young

The government is hoping that offers of taxi rides and takeaway food will help overcome hesitancy among younger age groups about getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

Other incentives being discussed by ministers also include vouchers and discount codes for people attending pop-up vaccine sites and booking through the NHS, social media competitions and promotional offers for restaurants.

The move comes after the latest figures show just 67 per cent of 18-29 year-olds in England have received a first dose, compared to the UK total of 88.5 per cent of adults across all age groups. With a total of 84.9 million doses administered in the UK, some 38.1m people have now received both doses - 72.1 per cent of adults.

Health secretary Sajid Javid said: “Thank you to all the businesses who are stepping up to support this important vaccine drive. Once available, please go out and take advantage of the discounts.”

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has the full report:

Uber and Deliveroo among firms joining drive to boost jab take-up


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