SAN FRANCISCO, California: American tech company Uber, has announced that its app will provide novel features to assist users in the United States in scheduling appointment bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations and rental car reservations.
Clientele will be able to reserve appointment slots at Walgreens pharmacies for vaccines, in addition to being able to travel in Uber vehicles to vaccination appointments.
The feature, marking the broadening of the Walgreens-Uber partnership, mirrors the broader obtainability of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S., as all states have rolled out vaccinations for the adult populace.
Greater numbers of vaccinations is good news for Uber, thereby translating to a swifter recovery to pre-COVID-19 travel and increased earnings, which had nosedived during the lockdown.
Business has begun crawling back on track, with improvements recorded in March being the most productive since the brunt of the crisis was experienced.
Chief product officer for Uber, Sundeep Jain, affirmed that Uber was "evaluating opportunities" for expansion of the vaccination program in other countries.
Moreover, Uber declared it had partnered with Hertz, Avis Budget and other auto renting agencies.
Effective since April 28, the customer base in the United States can easily make bookings for rental vehicles via the Uber application, with the incentive of being credited back nearly 10 percent of the rental costs on Uber's other services.
According to Uber's chief product officer, digital handling of the majority of the paperwork for car rentals will offer greater ease to customers.