Young people in Leicester are being offered a GBP10 taxi voucher as part of an incentive to get vaccinated. From next week, taxi service, Bolt, will be offering 10,000 young people the voucher if they go and get the vaccine in both Leicester and Birmingham. This is one of many different deals currently being offered by companies to convince young people to get the jab - in partnership with the government to boost vaccine numbers before an expected rise in cases in the autumn and winter.
READ MORE: Leicester Comedy Festival to publish All Puns Blazing joke book Two thirds of young people have already had the jab, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid, but the government is hoping for more people to get vaccinated. Other companies, such as Asda, lastminute.com, National Express, Free Now taxis, and Better Leisure Centres have also announced a number of deals in the coming weeks to help convince people to get a jab.
Uber and Deliveroo are also set to offer different deals to provide discounted lifts and food deliveries, too. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said Asda will offer GBP10 vouchers for their clothing brand George to vaccinated 18 to 30-year-olds who spend over GBP20. The travel company lastminute.com will offer over-18s GBP30 gift cards towards holidays abroad to all young people getting vaccinated through their website.
Better leisure centres will offer over-16s a GBP10 voucher to use on any Better membership and a free three-day pass at any of their 235 leisure facilities across the UK.
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Taxi app Free Now will provide up to GBP1 million in free rides for over-18s attending their vaccine appointment each way from Sunday until the end of September, while National Express Buses (Midlands) will offer 1,000 people five-day unlimited travel saver tickets which can be used within 90 days. The DHSC said Deliveroo has also revealed further details of their support, which will include thousands of GBP5 vouchers to those who get the vaccine, distributed in the coming weeks. Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: "It is fantastic to see more companies backing the phenomenal vaccine rollout and joining the public as they do everything they can to continue protecting their loved ones, themselves, their community and this country."
He added: "With over 84,000 lives already saved and 23 million infections prevented by the vaccines, get the jab as soon as possible and take advantage of these excellent offers - whether that's for taxi rides, gym passes, or trips away with family and friends."