New Delhi, India Discounts on everything from fast food to flights are being offered by Indian companies eager to entice people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as the economy gradually reopens after weeks of lockdown.
While companies in the West make similar offers to dispel vaccine apprehension, incentives in India may also serve to attract more customers.
“We feel it is our responsibility to encourage more people to participate in the national vaccination drive,” Sanjay Kumar, a senior official of Interglobe Aviation, which operates India’s largest airline, IndiGo, said in a statement.
Customers who have been vaccinated, even if they have only received one dose, will receive a discount of up to 10%, the airline announced on Wednesday.
McDonald’s India is providing a 20% discount on meals, Grofers, a SoftBank-backed grocer, is providing a month’s subscription to its loyalty programme, and Godrej is extending product warranties.
The Central Bank of India Ltd, a state-run institution, is increasing the interest rate on deposits made by recipients of at least one dose.
People must show their government-issued vaccination certificates to receive the discounts.