Lastminute.com is to offer £30 gift cards to over 18s who get the COVID vaccine as part of a Government initiative to increase the uptake amongst young people.
The Department of Health announced lastminute was joining other businesses, including Uber and Deliveroo, in supporting its vaccination programme by offering incentives to vaccinated customers.
It said lastminute gift cards can be used towards the cost of holidays abroad, but there are, as yet, no details about the scheme on the OTA’s website.
Lastminute CEO Andrea Bertoli said the company was ‘delighted to be partnering with the Government’s young people’s vaccination scheme’.
“Since the pandemic started we’ve committed to helping people travel safely, and 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,” he said.
Health Minister 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.
“This truly is a national effort and we would not be where we are today – with over 47 million people vaccinated – without the support of the NHS, volunteers, businesses and the people of the UK themselves as we continue to build the wall of defence through every jab given.
“With over 84,000 lives already saved and 23 million infections prevented by the vaccines, get the jab as soon as possible and take advantage of these excellent offers – whether that’s for taxi rides, gym passes, or trips away with family and friends.”
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said over 70% of 18 to 29-year-olds have had their first jab, adding: “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.”