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Uber offers free trips to mass vaccination centres in England


28,000 people will get a free ride to one of seven mass vaccination centres (Picture: Getty)

In a bid to help as many people as possible get a vaccine, Uber will offer free door-to-door trips to seven mass vaccination centres in England.

The company will cover trips up to £15 which are started or ended at one of the centres for 28,000 people.

It includes wheelchair-accessible Uber Access vehicles and Uber Assist vehicles for those needing assistance in getting into and out of the car. 

Customers will need to enter a promo code to get the free trip, with a different one for each centre. Each account will only be able to use one of the codes.



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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.’

The firm is also working with Age UK to offer free round trips to older people through local charities.

It means that those who don’t drive can get to the centre without using public transport.

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.’

Customers will need to wear a mask, unless they are exempt and sit in the back seat. Drivers must take a selfie to verify they’re wearing a face covering before accepting trips.

Those using a taxi will also be asked to confirm they’ve sanitised their hands and Uber has partnered with Unilever to provide drivers with free supplies such as face masks, Lifebuoy hand sanitisers, and Cif wipes to help keep everyone in the vehicle safe.

For more information, visit the Uber website.

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