UBER is offering discounts to students who can prove they have been double-jabbed in a bid to get young people vaccinated.
All over-18s are now eligible for a jab – and Uber and Uber Eats will now offer £10 off a ride or a takeaway to young people who prove they’ve been vaccinated.
This follows the Government's scheme to vaccinate students and get them protected against Covid ahead of their return to university campuses.
Students will be able to claim £10 in Uber or Uber Eats credit to enjoy a free trip or meal – if they can prove they've had both doses of the life-saving jab.
Freshers who post a selfie outside a vaccination centre will also get rewards from Uber- in a bid to prevent a rise in coronavirus cases come the start of Autumn term.
And they said they would send a push notification to millions of its users' mobile phones next week to remind them to get jabbed as soon as possible.
Rivals Bolt and Deliveroo, as well as restaurant Pizza Pilgrims, were among two dozen others big brands in talks with the Government to offer similar incentives to encourage young people to get vaccinated.
Jamie Heywood, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe said: “As cities open up we all need to proceed with caution and ensure that all adults are vaccinated against Covid-19.
"We’re proud to be working with the government on this important campaign to encourage everyone to get their jab”.
When lockdown was first imposed in 2020, Uber launched Uber Medics, offering discounted rides to NHS staff and care workers carrying out essential work.
And earlier this year, as the vaccination drive began, Uber offered trips to and from vaccination hubs across the UK and Ireland.
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Ministers are concerned that currently, only around 67 per cent of people aged 18-29 in England have received the first dose of a vaccine.
They are trying to use a “carrot and stick” approach to encourage greater take-up – especially before uni terms start next month, sparking fears of a fresh Covid wave.
Two jabs will be compulsory to enter a nightclub from the autumn, but early efforts to look at forcing all students to be double jabbed were ditched after a swift backlash.
In the coming weeks, a number of other incentives will be rolled out to sit alongside the threat of banning younger adults who are not jabbed from venues.
Health Secretary Savid Javid said: “Thank you to all the businesses who are stepping up to support this important vaccine drive.
And he told young people: “Once available, please go out and take advantage of the discounts.”
Jabs minister Nadhim Zahawi added: “Thank you to the businesses who have backed this mission – please get your jabs as soon as you can and grab a bargain.”
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