Uber Offering Free Trips To Vaccination Centres In England
Uber are offering free trips to seven mass-vaccination hubs across England, in order to help the most vulnerable receive the life-saving Covid-19 vaccine and support the government as it fights the coronavirus pandemic.
In line with the cost of an average fare, Uber will cover up to £15 of passengers' trips by entering the correct promotion code for the mass-vaccination hub they are travelling to in the app ahead of booking their journey.
The offer extends to all trips, including wheelchair-accessible Uber Access vehicles and Uber Assist Vehicles for those needing assistance in getting into and out of the car.
The trips must start or end at one of the seven vaccine centres and are subject to availability.
- 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
Jamie Heywood, Uber's Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe said: "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."
Uber has introduced a number of safety measures to ensure the protection of everyone who uses the app. This includes mask verification to ensure drivers a wearing a face covering unless they are exempt. Drivers must take a selfie to verify they are wearing one before they can accept trips. Passengers and drivers are asked to completed a 'ready to ride' checklist, which asks you to confirm if you've taken the appropriate safety steps such as washing or sanitising your hands and wearing a face covering.
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Uber have partnered with Unilever to provide drivers with free supplies such as face masks, Lifebuoy hand sanitisers and Cif wipes. To keep as much distance between riders and drivers, riders are no longer permitted to sit in the front seat when on a trip. You can only travel with members of your household or support bubble.
Uber is also working with Age UK to identify areas within its network of local charities where free round trips can be covered by Uber, to help some of the most vulnerable people travel to their vaccination appointments.
Hannorah Lee, Director of Partnerships at Age UK, 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."
Matt Hancock, Health Secretary said: "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.
"It is great that Uber is doing their bit by covering free trips to the seven mass-vaccination centres."
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