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Uber will now offer free rides to and from COVID- 19 vaccination centres in India, here is how you can book free cabs

As the third phase of the vaccination drive is all set to on floors, Uber is offering free rides to the users to and from the vaccination centers.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | March 24, 2021 | Updated 13:01 IST

Highlights

  • Uber is offering free rides to the users to and from the vaccination centres.
  • Uber has pledged free rides worth Rs 10 Crores to upport the Central, State Governments, and NGOs in carrying forward the vaccination drive .
  • Currently, the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination is going in the country.

As the third phase of the vaccination drive is all set to on floors, Uber is offering free rides to the users to and from the vaccination centres. To support the Central, State Governments, and NGOs in carrying forward the vaccination drive smoothly, Uber has pledged free rides worth Rs 10 Crores. However, this will be only offered to vulnerable citizens who are unable to go to the vaccination centres for some or other reason. The Union Cabinet Ministry announced the third phase vaccination drive that includes people above the age of 45 years and more.

"These free rides will be deployed to help vulnerable citizens travel to and from authorised vaccination centres in the second phase of the vaccination drive. Any Indian citizen above 60 and 45+ age group with co-morbidities can now utilize these free rides to travel to and from the nearest authorised vaccination centre through easily redeemable promo codes," Uber said in a blog post.

The ride-hailing giant also revealed that it has partnered with NGOs such as the Robin Hood Army and others for transporting the vulnerable and underprivileged elderly to vaccination centres. The free rides scheme has been rolled out in states including Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh UT, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and more.

Here is how free rides can be availed:-

— Open your Uber app, go to the Wallet in the main menu

—Select 'Add Promo Code' at the bottom and add the code 10M21V

— Once you enter the code, the Promo will be added to your ride

— Enter the name of the nearest Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Authorised vaccination centre in a Govt or Private hospital

—Go to the rides home screen and enter the pick-up/drop-off location for yourself or the person you are looking for.

—After entering all the details confirm your trip

Uber says that 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 amount that will be displayed on the app will include the discount.

Currently, the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination is going in the country. The second phase includes people above the age of 60 and people above the age of 45 with co-morbidities. The vaccination is being provided for free in government hospitals whereas the private hospitals are charging 250 per dose. Covisheild and Covaxcin are the two vaccines being given to the people in India.

In the first phase of the covid vaccination drive, the frontline and healthcare workers were vaccinated whereas in the third phase every citizen above the age of 45 is eligible to get the jab. The registration for the vaccine can be made through the CoWin and Aarogya Setu app.

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