Addison Lee joins jab race as it offers discounted rides to vaccine hubs
Private-hire company Addison Lee has joined Uber and Bolt in offering discounted rides for Londoners travelling to one of the major vaccination hubs in the capital as the UK races to immunise as many vulnerable people as possible.
Epsom has swapped hats and saddle for masks and needles as it becomes one of the UK's major vaccination centres.
Addison Lee is today launching its Vaccination Drive initiative, which sees the company pledge to support the UK’s vaccination effort by offering discounted rides to and from major vaccination hubs in and around London.
Based on anticipated volumes and demand for the jab, Addison Lee says it expects to provide discounts worth over £200,000 in value between now and Easter.
The offer will benefit Londoners travelling to receive their vaccinations, as well as the army of vaccine volunteers signed up to support the rollout. Anyone travelling to or from the vaccination hubs at Excel Centre, Wembley Olympic Office Centre or Epsom Racecourse can use the code DRIVE25 to claim 25 per cent off their ride.
The Vaccination Drive will continue over the coming months, helping the government reach its targets for the first phase of vaccinations, while also providing ongoing support as the programme is rolled out to the wider population. Addison Lee says it is also speaking to government and local health trusts to explore how its 4,000 strong fleet can be used to deliver more targeted, tailored support where it is needed most.
“While we do our bit by staying at home, there is an army of NHS staff and volunteers out there working tirelessly to roll out the vaccination programme. Coupled with the lockdown measures, the vaccination provides the country with the best chance of getting through this pandemic and we want to support that effort,” said Liam Griffin, CEO of Addison Lee.
“We understand that not everyone feels safe using public transport and at this stage many people receiving the vaccine are vulnerable. Our cars have been the choice for Londoners wanting to travel safely during the pandemic, and we’re using the discount so as many people as possible can travel to and from the vaccination centres in a safe and secure way. “We all want to get through this lockdown and open London up again in the safest possible way, and we hope that our support for the vaccination programme will inch us a little closer to that goal.”
Addison Lee are the third company to offer their support in delivering the 1.5 million jabs required to vaccinate the most vulnerable people in British society. Both Uber and Bolt have offered similar discount schemes to those travelling to vaccination hubs in the capital and elsewhere in the UK, as the country looks to get as many people immunised as quickly as possible to put an end to the pandemic.
More information on the offer can be found here.