Uber has partnered with Help Age India, a non-profit organisation, dedicated to serving the disadvantaged elderly.

As per a statement by the ride-hailing company, Uber will provide 25,000 free rides over the coming months to facilitate the vaccination of the vulnerable and disadvantaged elderly to and from the nearest vaccination centres in 19 cities.

Cities include Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Dehradun, Jaipur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Mangalore, Indore, and Jodhpur.

Prabhjeet Singh, president, Uber India and south Asia said:

“I’m thrilled to see that 60,000 free rides have already been utilised by safety-conscious Indians and I urge everyone to leverage them so we all have a better chance of trying to collectively roll back the latest wave of Covid.

“We’re also joining hands with Help Age India again, for supporting the vaccination of the disadvantaged and vulnerable elderly. This partnership will help in providing them a more effective safety blanket and also support the nation’s economic recovery. In the weeks and months ahead, Uber will continue to remain committed to supporting India’s vaccination drive.”

Commenting on the news, Madhu Madan, country head – Resource Mobilization, Help Age 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. Help Age 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 the ground.

“This partnership with Uber will enable us to vaccinate thousands of those who need our support the most. We urge people to reach out to us through our toll free National Elder Helpline number 1800-180-1253 available across cities to book a ride so that we can respond to the needs of the disadvantaged and destitute elders.”