Uber on Thursday announced that more than 37,000 drivers on its platform have received at least one COVID vaccine shot as part of the company’s INR 18.5 crore initiative to help India get moving again.
Uber has introduced a simple and fast way for Car, Auto, and Moto drivers to upload government-issued vaccination certificates within the App. It uses a mix of technology and human verification to confirm the authenticity of the uploaded certificates before giving drivers INR 400 for each of the two shots to compensate them for time spent getting vaccinated.
Over the past few weeks, Uber has continued to invest in driver education using in-app messages, educational videos and virtual meetings with medical experts to remove vaccine hesitancy, bust common myths and spread awareness on vaccination benefits.
Driver education and vaccine compensation are significant steps by Uber to support the Indian government in containing the pandemic. Additionally, Uber is collaborating with State governments to facilitate free vaccination for drivers in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Bhopal and Bhubaneswar. The company is also in talks with other State governments to support similar initiatives across India.