Uber is delivering flu vaccines on Thursday – and you can get one for just R20

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  • Uber will be delivering flu vaccines – and nurses to administer them – in major cities in SA on Thursday.
  • It will charge a flat fee of R100 for up to five injections, making it the cheapest way you can swap cash for flu protection if you have at least two people who want the jab.
  • Demand will probably be high, Uber warns, so you may want to get in early.
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Uber will be delivering nurses packing the 2019 flu vaccine to the doors of customers in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town, Durban, and Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday, 2 May – at the cheapest cash price we've seen for the jab.

Each vaccine delivery will be charged at a flat fee of R100, and each nurse will be packing enough shots for up to five people, making for a per-head price of R20 for the full group of five, and a still record-beating price of R50 per person for a family of two.

The vaccine typically costs between R70 and R90 per shot at major pharmacy chains – which is still a lot cheaper than getting the flu and medicating it symptomatically. 

See also: Here's how much money the flu vaccine can save you

The offer is in partnership with Discovery Health, Clicks, and Dis-Chem.

Here's how Uber says you can order your flu vaccines on the day:

  • Open the Uber app between 10:00 and 15:00 on Thursday, 2 May.
  • Set the pickup location, then swipe right to select “UberWELLNESS” in the way you would choose between UberX, Uber Black, and other vehicle options.
  • The wait could be as long as it normally takes an Uber to get to you – but if demand is high, be prepared for a slightly longer wait.

(During a similar special flu vaccination day in 2018, anecdotal evidence suggested that ordering earlier in the day made for shorter waiting times.)

The flu vaccine is recommended for high-risk individuals including children under five, anyone over 65, and pregnant women. But anyone can take it, and reduce both their own risk of infection and the risk of the flu spreading more widely, especially among the immune-compromised.

Some medical schemes reimburse the full cost of vaccinations for all members, others only for those who fall in in the flu risk category, or draw the cost from medical savings accounts.

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