Grab launches cheaper rides to COVID-19 vaccination centers

Grab Philippines on Tuesday, June 29, announced the launch of a new service that would make it cheaper to book rides going to vaccination centers.

Called GrabCar Bayanihan, the service will be cheaper than the regular GrabCar 2-seater service, although specific rates were not mentioned.

There will be two types of Bayanihan: "GrabCar Bayanihan From" and "GrabCar Bayanihan To." The former is what commuters will see on their app if they're booking from the vaccination center to their desired destination. The latter is what commuters will see on the app when booking from their point of origin, going to the vaccination center.

GrabCar Bayanihan rides are driven by vaccinated drivers, lessening the risk that a passenger will be infected by COVID-19 on the way to getting vaccinated.

To book the service, type the vaccination center you've registered to. Grab says it usually starts with the word "Vaccine." Once the location is confirmed, tap the GrabCar Bayanihan option. Grab has a full list of locations serviced by GrabCar Bayanihan here.

There will be about 1,000 vaccinated drivers on the service, plying Manila, Las Pinas, Taguig, Pasig, Makati, Quezon City, Pateros, and Marikina.

Grab also said it plans to add more locations for the service. The program is part of Grab Philippines’ broader GrabBayanihan Vaccination Support Program.

In July 2020, Grab also had a "GrabBayanihan Car" initiative, which offered subsidized rates for frontline healthcare workers.

"As we all work towards a safe and gradual recovery for our communities, Grab will continue to leverage its platform and technology to ensure that our kababayans have the means to get inoculated," said Grab Philippines country head Grace Vera Cruz. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.

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