Food delivery and taxi-hailing companies in England are to offer discounted rides and meals for customers who get a Covid-19 jab to help boost vaccine uptake, the UK Government has announced.
However, the Welsh Government has said that it will not be considering similar incentives in Wales.
Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among the brands who will be offering incentives to encourage younger people in England to get vaccinated.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that Uber will be sending reminders to all users in August encouraging them to get jabbed, and will be offering discounted Uber rides and meals on Uber Eats for young adults who get the jab. Uber has previously offered free trips to vaccination centres for NHS staff.
Deliveroo will give vouchers to young people who get jabbed. A spokesperson from the food delivery company said: “At Deliveroo we want to do our small part to support the NHS during the pandemic, including delivering a million free meals to frontline NHS staff and vaccine centres. This is the next step in helping people get vaccinated and safely back to normal.”
However, the Welsh Government has said that they are not considering offering such incentives in Wales.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “We are not considering offering such incentives in Wales as 75% of 18 to 29-year-olds have already come forward for their vaccine.
“We’d like to thank them for protecting themselves and their loved ones, and encourage anyone who is yet to take up the offer to please book an appointment as soon as possible.”
DHSC said further details on partnerships will be released “in due course” and other incentives for those in England “could include vouchers or discount codes for people attending pop-up vaccine sites and booking though the NHS, social media competitions and promotional offers for restaurants”.
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