YOUNG people getting their jabs will be handed vouchers to spend on holidays in a bid to get more jabs in arms.
Online travel agent lastminute.com has joined dozens of firms offering freebies to youngsters in order to encourage them to get vaccinated – with £30 hols gift cards for those who book their jab through their site.
Asda and Better leisure centres will be offering discounts to people who get a jab.
Asda will offer £10 vouchers for their clothing brand George to 18 to 30 year olds who spend over £20 at their pop-up vaccine clinic story in London, Watford & Birmingham.
Better leisure centres will offer over 16s a £10 voucher to use on any their gyms.
It’s fantastic to see companies backing the phenomenal vaccine rollout.
The companies will be joining Uber, Bolt and Deliveroo who provide exclusive offers to those who have received a jab.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “It is fantastic to see more companies backing the phenomenal vaccine rollout and joining the public as they do everything they can to continue protecting their loved ones, themselves, their community and this country.”
Zoe Matthews, Vice-President of George said: “It’s our way of saying thank you to them for doing their bit to keep our communities safe – and means they can look great as well as feel great about doing the right thing.”
And Andrea Bertoli, CEO of lastminute.com Group, said: “Since the pandemic started we’ve committed to helping people travel safely.
“The vaccination programme has had a big impact on doing so – especially in the UK which has been leading the way in the numbers of fully vaccinated people.”
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi revealed that now 70 per cent of young people aged between 18 and 29 have had one jab.
He added: “A big thank you to all the companies who are helping us to protect the country – I urge everyone to get the jab and get shopping with these excellent discounts.”