Uber has announced its support for the MoHFW, State Governments, and local NGOs by offering free rides worth Rs. 10 Crores that would help assist the second phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive.
Commenting on this partnership, Honourable Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, Govt. of India said, “Uber’s commitment to offer free rides worth INR 10 crores to help citizens travel to and from the vaccine hubs is praiseworthy as it will facilitate safe mobility options for vulnerable citizens
.In India’s fight against COVID-19, public-private partnerships will play a critical role in removing barriers to vaccine access and helping people stay safe. From the start of the pandemic, Uber has acted as a responsible corporate citizen by helping transport frontline healthcare workers and in delivering essential supplies to citizen’s homes. We look forward to working with Uber in helping our cities move again.’’
These free rides can be used to travel to and from the nearest authorized vaccination centre by the citizens who are above the age of 60 and also for the 45+ age group with co-morbidities. This initiative by Uber will give free rides to vulnerable individuals through easily redeemable promo codes that will make travel to vaccination hubs easier and safer. They would also be partnering with NGOs such as the Robin Hood Army and others for transporting the vulnerable and underprivileged elderly to vaccination centres.
Here is how users can claim the free ride by Uber-
- Tap the menu in the top left of the Uber app and select ‘Wallet’
- Select ‘Add Promo Code’ at the bottom
- Vaccination Promo Codes will be applicable in the Uber app for all users, in 34 cities, and across all our Products
- Add the promo code for a trip to the nearest Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Authorised vaccination centre in a Govt. or Private hospital and the return trip.
- Navigate to the rides home screen and enter the pick-up/drop-off location for yourself or the person you are looking for.
- Confirm your trip
- The value of each free ride will be a maximum of Rs. 150 and a rider is entitled to a maximum of two free rides, to and from the vaccination centre
- The final fare displayed before confirming the trip will be inclusive of the discount
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