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Discounts offered on takeaways to drive Covid vaccine uptake

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

Food delivery platforms Uber Eats and Deliveroo are among a number of businesses offering discounts and incentives to encourage young adults to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Deliveroo and Uber Eats have pledged it will offer discounted takeaways for young adults, while Pizza Pilgrims, which has outlets in London and Oxford, is in discussions with the government to make it possible for customers to get a jab while grabbing a pizza.

Other incentives being discussed as part of the government initiative could include vouchers or discount codes for people attending pop up vaccine sites and booking through the NHS, social media competitions and promotional offers for restaurants.

The government is set to release further details on these partnerships in due course.

Thom Elliot, Pizza Pilgrims founder, said: "By making getting your jab as easy as grabbing a pizza, hopefully we can help our teams and our customers get both their first and second doses as easily and quickly as possible. Watch this space for more details."

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."

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid added: “Thank you to all the businesses who are stepping up to support this important vaccine drive. Once available, please go out and take advantage of the discounts."

A total of 84.7 million Covid vaccines have been administered in the UK, with 46.7 million people receiving a first dose (88.4%) and 37.9 million people receiving both doses (71.8%).

Around 67% of people aged 18 to 29 in England have already received a first dose of a vaccine.

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