Uber is pleased to announce two milestones in its ongoing efforts to support the Indian government to vaccinate the maximum number of its citizens.
- First, riders across the country have already utilized more than 60,000 free rides to get vaccinated at authorised centres in both government and private hospitals. Eighty six percent of these free rides have been utilised in Delhi NCR, thereby also providing renewed income earning opportunities for drivers.
- Second, we will once again be partnering with HelpAge India, a leading national NGO, dedicated to serving the disadvantaged elderly. As a part of our partnership, we will provide HelpAge India with 25,000 free rides over the coming months to facilitate vaccination rides for the elderly to and from the nearest inoculation centres in 19 cities. These are Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Dehradun, Jaipur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Mangalore, Indore, and Jodhpur.
Both these initiatives are a part of our recent pledge, first announced on 4 March, 2021 to support the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), State Governments and local NGOs with free rides worth INR 10 Crores.
Uber first partnered with HelpAge India in October 2020 to enable access to safe transportation for rescue, relief, medical and other critical care needs of the disadvantaged elderly.
Speaking about the extended partnership, with Uber Madhu Madan, Country Head – Resource Mobilization, HelpAge India said, “We are delighted to partner with Uber India again for the Covid Vaccination drive. Elders have been identified as the most vulnerable and with this ‘second surge’, it has become critical to ensure that the maximum number of our elderly get vaccinated. HelpAge has been supporting the vaccination drive by spreading awareness amongst elders, helping them with their registrations and facilitating transportation, and the support from Uber would reinforce our efforts on ground. This partnership with Uber will enable us to vaccinate thousands of those who need our support the most.”
HelpAge India urges people to reach out to them through their toll free National Elder Helpline Number 1800-180-1253 available across cities to book a ride so that their functionaries can respond to the needs of the disadvantaged and destitute elders in a timely manner.