Uber Turkey is offering free trips to COVID-19 vaccination centers


Hail giant Uber launched a new campaign in Turkey on Monday offering passengers traveling to hospitals two free rides to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Passengers can benefit from free rides with a code provided by the Uber app. Currently, the service is only available for trips to and from public hospitals in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.

The company’s Turkish manager, Neyran Bahadırlı, told the Demirören (DHA) news agency that a budget of TL 1 million (USD 119,000) had been allocated for the campaign. “Vaccines are our only hope to beat the pandemic and we are delighted to support the ongoing vaccination campaign in Turkey,” said Bahadırlı.

The campaign includes the trips to and from the hospitals with a cap of 40 TL. The company said those receiving vaccines as well as those accompanying relatives can benefit from the campaign.

Turkey started a vaccination campaign in January 2021 and delivered more than 28 million doses on Monday. The country hopes to start a normalization process next month as the number of vaccinations has increased. A 17-day lockdown that ended last week helped the country cut the number of daily cases, which now stand at around 7,800. The country, in which people aged 55 and over can currently be vaccinated, is trying to lower the age limit by importing additional vaccines. The Ministry of Health is also trying to convince vaccine skeptics by sending “conviction” crews to households.

Uber led a protracted legal battle in Turkey after taxi drivers filed a lawsuit against the company. Last year, a court lifted the ban on access to the Hagelfahrt app. The company switched to traditional yellow taxis after the ban was lifted.


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