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Drivers urged to take jabs

Over 14,000 taxi drivers in Shanghai are being encouraged to take COVID-19 vaccine.

The city’s major taxi companies said free vaccinations began on Tuesday.

Qiangsheng Taxi said 6,000 of its drivers will have been vaccinated by Friday. Dazhong, Haibo and Jinjiang, the other major taxi firms in the city, have also arranged vaccinations that will be completed before the Spring Festival.

Most drivers said they would respond to the government’s recent call for front-line workers to be vaccinated. Qiu Zhiming, a driver with Dazhong Taxi, is waiting for his vaccination.

“It takes about four hours to take it,” Qiu said. “Only those with potential adverse reactions, such as allergies, do not agree. Now that the epidemic seems to be resurging a bit recently (in Shijiazhuang, Hebei), I think it’s necessary to do it.”

The city’s major bus company, Jiushi Group, has also started vaccinations for its employees. Currently, almost 20,000 have applied for the vaccine, most of them front-line drivers.


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