‘It’s Better Getting The Jab’ – Leisure Company Encourages Vaccine Uptake With £10 Voucher Incentive

As part of Public Health England’s drive to increase the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination in 16-30 year olds the incentives just got Better.

Better, the charitable social enterprise that operates leisure facilities across the UK including those in the South Lakes on behalf of South Lakeland District Council, have joined the push to boost the COVID-19 vaccination amongst young people.

To encourage 16-30 years to get the jab the company is offering a £10 voucher to be used against any membership to their leisure facility along with a three-day free pass to any of its leisure centres or gyms.

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director at Better, said: “As soon as we heard about the campaign to incentivise young people to get vaccinated, we wanted to get involved.

“As the UK’s largest operator of municipal leisure facilities, we know the value of regular exercise on our mental and physical health and this has been further highlighted during the pandemic.

“We also know that having all adults double vaccinated plays a crucial role in our battle against COVID-19, so we wanted to help.

“We hope that by offering free passes and discount vouchers to our 235 gyms, leisure and sports centres across the UK, we will encourage many more young people to take up their vaccine.”

In order to take up the offer, local residents need to need to complete the form available on the Better website and follow the simple instructions.

The offer is available at all Better centres and facilities across Cumbrian, including South Lakeland.

The South Lake’s area this includes Kendal Leisure Centre and Ulverston Leisure Centre.

Councillor Suzie Pye, South Lakeland District Council’s portfolio holder for Health, Wellbeing and Poverty Alleviation, said: “Better are to be commended for getting involved in this scheme and South Lakeland District Council wholeheartedly supports this effort.

“We have seen the success of the vaccines and urge anybody who has not booked their first or second vaccinations to consider doing so.

“You be playing your part in the effort to break the link between infection and serious illness or death but also have the chance to try out the fantastic facilities at Ulverston and Kendal leisure centres for free as well.”

When first attending there chosen centre customers will need to present their vaccination card or alternative proof on their first visit.

The company is the only leisure operator to be involved in the initiative and joins a number of businesses such as Asda, National Express and Uber, who have pledged their support for the UK’s vaccination programme.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Over 70 percent of young people aged 18 to 29 have now had their first jab – another superb milestone in our historic vaccination programme.

“A big thank you to all the companies who are helping us to protect the country – I urge everyone to get the jab and get shopping with these excellent discounts.”

Teenagers within three months of turning 18 can now book their vaccine appointment online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Vaccination sites across the country are working hard to complete the rollout with more than 300 sites already offering the jab to 16 and 17 year olds, including GP teams who began vaccinating eligible teens last week.

The latest data from Public Health England (PHE) and Cambridge University shows that vaccines have saved around 84,600 lives as well as preventing 23.4 million infections and 66,900 hospitalisations in England up to 6 August.

Data from PHE also shows COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, the dominant strain in the UK.

The analysis shows the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96 percent effective and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92 percent effective against hospitalisation after two doses.