Uber has partnered with Discovery Health to administer a mobile health service in South Africa that delivers Flu Vaccine at the customers’ doorstep. This is part of an initiative called UberWellness from the global ride-hailing giant, Uber.
The service was announced in an email to customers that takes advantage of the seasonal change towards winter in South Africa. The email message said “It’s that time of the year again – the flu season is here and we’re ready to help you get vaccinated against it!”
It added that Uber has partnered with Discovery Health to bring back flu shots on-demand. “On Wednesday, 18 April you’ll be able to request UberWELLNESS and will be met by an accredited nurse who will administer a flu vaccine for up to 5 people – at only R100!
“The UberWELLNESS vehicle view will be live between 10am and 3pm. So, don’t miss out!”
How it works:
- Open your Uber app between 10:00AM – 15:00PM on Wednesday, 18 April
- Set your pickup location swipe right on your vehicle options and select “UberWELLNESS”
- Request a ride as per usual
- If you’re successful, an accredited nurse will arrive to administer flu vaccinations for up to 5 people – for only R100!
The Uber/Discovery Health offer did come with a caution that “Demand will be high, so please be patient. Should you be unable to request your flu vaccination on-demand, we encourage you to visit your nearest healthcare provider, Clicks or Dis-Chem clinic to get your flu vaccination as soon as possible.”
This initiative can be seen as part of the mobile health and/or ehealth service movement that is bubbling under. Mobile Health (mHealth) is positioned as the next big thing. Signs include the launch of MomConnect, a mobile phone application designed to serve 1 million South African women through the stages of pregnancy. The movement feeds the convenience factor of the post modern era but more critically its seen as a smart solution for the developing world where health infrastructure is limited.