Grab to give free COVID-19 vaccine to drivers, riders in Southeast Asia

Driver and rider partners in good standing will be eligible for the free vaccine
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Grab said drivers and delivery riders in Southeast Asia will be given free vaccines under a $20 million (P972.5 million) initiative to keep its partners at work during the pandemic.

Drivers and riders who have completed a ride or delivery within three months before the administration of the vaccine and are in good standing can qualify for the free jabs, Grab said in a statement.

Overall, Grab seeded the GrabForGood fund with $50 million cash and $200 million in shares to help drivers, riders and merchants ride out the pandemic. The package includes discounted insurance cover, merit-based scholarships, and assistance for persons with disabilities.

“The GrabForGood Fund will commence immediate work on meeting the urgent need for COVID-19 vaccines, where it's not easily available,” said Grab Group CEO and co-founder Anthony Tan.


In communities where Grab is present, the company said it would provide support to build financial literacy, climate change resiliency, and relief from natural disasters.

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Grab cited an internal February 2021 survey among users wherein 92% of respondents said they were still worried about COVID-19. In the Philippines, 24 million people in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan returned to lockdown in late March as daily cases rose to record levels.

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Grab said it was sourcing vaccines and looking for inoculation centers. It did not specify when the vaccinations would start.

NOTE: This article first appeared on Reportr.world. Minor edits have been made.

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