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Uber and Deliveroo will offer young adults cheap food for vaccine

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Young adults will be lured into vaccination centres with the promise of cut-price taxis and takeaways, as Boris Johnson tries to tackle the relatively low take-up among the under-30s.

Uber, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among the companies in discussion with the Government about offering incentives as part of the 'Jab 18-30' drive.

So far, only two-thirds of people in that age bracket in England have received a first dose since they became eligible in June, compared with 88.4 per cent across all age groups, meaning more than three million 18-to-30-year-olds remain unjabbed. 

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As part of the plan, Uber will be sending out reminders to its users throughout this month and, along with rival ride-hailing app Bolt, will be offering discounts for under-30s in both cars and food takeaway services. 

Other companies will be offering vouchers or discount codes for food and films if users can prove through the NHS app that they have had the jab.

The Government's jab push will also include a booster shot for all the priority group of the over-50s and clinically vulnerable. 

Unlike the first two jabs, everyone will receive Pfizer – because it is the most effective against the Indian, or Delta, variant.

Earlier this week, it was revealed although take-up has been slower than anticipated among young adults, one GP said some are trying to ensure they are double jabbed so they can go on holiday.

Professor Sam Everington, chair of the NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, said 'a lot of people' are trying to get their second doses quicker so they can go on holiday. 

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Ministers have been condemned for causing quarantine confusion as a raging battle has erupted in the cabinet over plans for a danger list of countries that could see destinations like Spain and Italy suddenly move to red.

The plans for a new 'amber watch list' sparked outrage in Whitehall as some ministers believe it could ruin the holiday hopes of millions of Britons.

The idea, which was agreed in principle this week, would see holidaymakers warned that while they are abroad certain amber countries could go straight on to the red list.

This would leave them facing compulsory hotel quarantine on their return, at a cost of £1,750 a head.

Spain and Italy both featured in talks about countries that could be put into the new category – as soon as next week – amid fears about the Beta variant, which first emerged in South Africa.

Senior ministers, including Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, are said to have reservations about imposing further disruption on the beleaguered travel sector. 

One Whitehall source said: 'You would have to be crackers to book a holiday to a place knowing that it could go on to the red list at any moment.

'If you have already booked to go there you are going to spend your whole holiday worrying whether you are going to have to make a dash to the airport to get home.

'The decision next week will basically be in place for August. It is peak holiday season – are we really going to cause that much disruption to this many people?' 

 Some youths have taken to social media to share locations of pop-up clinics offering second jabs with as little as a four week gap.

Scientists insist the eight-week gap is the 'sweet spot' to make sure people have the most protection against the virus.

Professor Everington admitted many GPs are still struggling to attract some young people in the area to get a jab.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'We thought it was all about social media but they (young people) said they wanted a piece of paper that showed when and where they can get a vaccination.

'And the passport is the most important thing too. That's a big driver.

'We've got a lot of people who want to get their second vaccination, for example, early so they can get their holiday abroad.

'There's not clear evidence but what we are seeing is that when we do pop-ups, when we do go out to people rather than have people come to us [more people get a jab].

'[Previously] we found that we had lots of appointments that were just not being used.

'So you've either got to drive up the demand — and the passport scenario will do that — or alternatively you go to people.

'You go to where they are and you try to do innovative ways [to] incentivise.

'[Having a pop up clinic at West Ham's football stadium] was very powerful because for the people in East London – this is there football club.'

It comes as the week-on-week rate of Covid cases fell yesterday for the tenth day in a row with 26,144 infections marking a 17.8 per cent fall while deaths also fell to 71.  

But yesterday, a SAGE expert warned the fall in Covid infections could be down to young people avoiding getting tested so they don't have to self-isolate rather than a real drop off in cases.

Professor Robert West, a member of the behavioural advisory group Spi-B, said Government messaging may have inadvertently given people a 'green light' that Covid isn't that bad and that people may be avoiding the disruption of self-isolation.

The health psychologist told Radio 4's Today programme that young people may also be less motivated to get tested because their symptoms are not as severe.

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His comments came amid mounting confusion over the rate of infection across the UK as there is a discrepancy between official figures and survey data from bodies including the Office of National Statistics. 

Department of Health bosses posted 29,622 cases on Friday — down 18.6 per cent on last week.

But the ONS, which carries out tens of thousands of random swab tests every week, estimated one in 65 people were carrying the virus on any given day in the seven-day spell ending July 24 — the equivalent of 856,200 positive cases. 

Experts have said the drop in official figures could be down to a multitude of factors - including fewer people coming forward to get tested because of the 'pingdemic' chaos and fears of having to self-isolate.

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The latest data from Public Health England and Cambridge University suggests that about 60,000 deaths, 22 million infections and 52,600 hospitalisations have been prevented by vaccines. 

Last night Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: 'Thank you to all the businesses who are stepping up to support this vaccine drive. 

'Once available, please go out and take advantage of the discounts.'

A Deliveroo spokesman said: 'We want to do our part. This is the next step in helping get people vaccinated and safely back to normal.'

Jamie Heywood, Uber's Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe said: 'As cities open up we all need to proceed with caution and ensure that all adults are vaccinated against Covid-19.

'We're proud to be working with the government on this important campaign to encourage everyone to get their jab'. 

Over the coming weeks, the Government is set to roll out 'grab a jab' pop-up vaccine sites across the country.

Over 600,000 people were vaccinated last weekend at walk-in clinics from London's Tate Modern gallery to a Primark in Bristol.

Further sites in the pipeline include Thorpe Park in Surrey and Circus Extreme in Yorkshire. 

Meanwhile, a poll by YouGov which was published last week suggests the use of face masks among young people has slumped since 'freedom day' on July 19.

The survey found 46 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds said they wore a face mask in a public place in the last two weeks, compared to 58 per cent on July 16 and 64 per cent on June 2.

Meanwhile, the survey of 1,742 British adults between July 21 and 22 found other age groups were still wearing face coverings at around the same rate.

YouGov also said young people were less likely to be fully vaccinated and more likely to have disabled their NHS Covid-19 app.

The researcher said that while last week 38 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds had been avoiding crowded places, this has now fallen to 26 per cent.

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