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Ian Johnson

The rules explained if you are asked to travel to get a Covid-19 vaccine

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is well underway - and millions more letters are set to land on doormats this week inviting Brits for their jab.

The scheme has now immunised over 20m Brits, and is playing a huge role in - hopefully - bringing the pandemic to an end.

While mass vaccination sites are popping up around the country, some people are being asked to travel from their local area for their vaccine.

But what are the rules - and your rights - when it comes to this?

Do you have to accept the invite? What other options do you have? And how far may you have to go

Will I be asked to travel to get my jab?


The North East now has mass vaccination centres dotted around the region.

At the start of the roll-out, the only big venue was at Newcastle's Centre For Life.

The Centre for Life is a mass Covid-19 vaccination site (Newcastle Chronicle)

Now there are four, which is helping to speed-up a scheme which has already vaccinated over 904,000 people in our region alone.

ChronicleLive has been made aware people who have been asked to travel from Newcastle to sites in County Durham or Darlington.

However, many will instead be offered a slot closer to home.

So do I have to go where I'm told?


People are being sent letters inviting them for their jab at a mass vaccination centre.

However, they can also wait - should they choose - for an invitation to be jabbed at their local GP practice.

A GP vaccinates a patient (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

That may be more convenient, especially if there are issues with travelling or mobility.

However that might also mean a slightly longer wait until you are vaccinated.

So where could I be asked to travel?

There are now four mass vaccination centres, with the latest opening in Darlington.

The other sites are at Newcastle’s Centre for Life, the NHS Nightingale Hospital North East, Sunderland and the Arnison Centre in Durham.

A member of the medical staff at NHS Nightingale North East take a patient's details (Getty Images)

And of course, your local GP surgery would eventually invite for you a jab - again, however, that could mean a delay.

Is this putting people off getting the jab?

The numbers certainly don't suggest so.

Almost a third of Brits have now been vaccinated in under 12 weeks, with growing confidence in the vaccine that is not only proven to be safe - but seemingly cuts transmission and stops deaths.

Cases and hospital admissions are also falling. Take-up of the vaccine has been strong; nine in 10 people in the top four priority groups have already taken up their first dose along with four in five 65-69 year-olds

What if I haven't been jabbed yet?

Most people haven't. The most at risk of death and serious illness are being prioritised.

The programme is now moving on to adults aged over 60, so if you are in a cohort that has been offered a jab - but you are still to receive your first dose - visit and book at

If you aren't yet eligible please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine - you will be contacted when the time is right.

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