Uber will be offering discounted rides and meals to young people who prove they’ve been vaccinated as part of a government scheme to jab students ahead of their return to university.
The scheme will see students offered £10 in credit to spend on Uber or Uber eats for those who take a selfie outside their vaccination centre, in a bid to prevent a surge in cases when students move across the country at the start of September.
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Uber say that the scheme is a useful incentive to ensure the safety of young people across the country.
Uber’s Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood, said: “We’re proud to be working with the government on this important campaign to encourage everyone to get their jab.
“As cities open up we all need to proceed with caution and ensure that all adults are vaccinated against Covid-19.
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Other companies such as Deliveroo, Bolt, and Dominos are also set to be part of the scheme to convince young people to get their jabs before moving away for the start of the University term in September.
Last year, the number of covid cases across the country skyrocketed in September, with the rise partially being attributed to the movement of students across the country.
Liverpool became one of the highest infected cities in England shortly after the beginning of the autumn term, with the city's high student population playing a part in the rise.
The government are hoping the scheme will increase vaccination uptake in young people and help ensure that restrictions don’t have to be re-imposed in the autumn, as they were last year.
Current figures show that just over two-thirds of people aged 18-24 have received their first vaccine.
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Plans to require people to be double jabbed by the end of September to attend major events or nightclubs from October mean that young people have until August 5 to get their first vaccine and be fully jabbed in time for the September cut-off point.
Uber’s involvement in the scheme follows a number of other measures from the company during the pandemic.
In July, the company became one of the first to ask its passengers to continue wearing face-coverings, unless exempt, after the July 19 ‘Freedom Day’ with its ‘No Mask, No Ride’ policy. The scheme gives both riders and drives the right to cancel their journey if either person isn’t wearing a face-covering. Other transport companies have since followed suit, along with some supermarkets.
Uber has also offered discounts to NHS workers during the pandemic and has begun to offer rides to and from vaccination centres for those unable to get to them.
The ride-hailing and food delivery company have also said they will continue to push people to get their vaccines in the coming weeks, by sending out push notifications to the phones of their customers.