Discovery and retail pharmacy chain, Dis-Chem, are leveraging app-based taxi service, Uber, to deliver flu vaccines to Discovery Vitality members via the UberHealth platform.

On Friday, 22 April 2016 between 10:00 am and 15:00 pm, Uber will make a house call with a qualified Discovery-accredited Dis-Chem nurse, making sure they arrive at their location within minutes, ready to administer the flu vaccine for up to five patients per visit.

The service will be made available in selected areas in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

The vaccine is free of charge according to Discovery; however members will need to pay R100 for the drive when ordering through the Uber app.

To access the service, users must login into the Uber app, select the UberHealth view with the cross icon, select a pickup location and request a ride as usual.

Vitality members will earn 1000 Vitality points for having a flu vaccination.

UberHealth was launched in 2014 through a pilot programme Uber ran in four US cities, in collaboration  with Director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children’s Hospital and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, Dr John Brownstein. The research was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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