Free transport is available for eligible people who need help getting to vaccination appointments

Sussex residents who need help getting to vaccination appointments can arrange free transport to and from appointments to help them get the protection they need.

People who have a booked appointment for a first, second or booster vaccination but have no means to travel to their appointment, can book a free return journey to help them attend.

The service is provided by Sussex Community Transport and Rother Voluntary Association, and since the programme began in March 2021, the service has carried out over 1000 journeys.

To book free travel please book your vaccination appointment or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first, call 01444 275 008 to speak to a travel coordinator.

The booking service is available between 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 Monday to Friday.

Once you are through to a travel coordinator you will be asked the following questions:

  • Do you have access to transport to attend your vaccine appointment?
  • Do you have a family member, friend or carer who can help with transport?

If both of these options are not available to you, the travel coordinator will arrange transport, taking into account any additional needs such as wheelchair-friendly vehicles.

All transport providers have signed up to COVID-19 safety policy and adhere to Sussex safeguarding policies to ensure that all precautions are in place for a safe journey.

A spokesperson for Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said:

“By offering transport to those who need it, we hope we can make it as easy as possible for local residents to receive their life-saving vaccination.

“So far in Sussex, more than 460,000 people have come forward for their booster vaccinations and there are thousands more booked in to services over the coming weeks.

“It has been fantastic to see the numbers of people coming forward for vaccinations but there are still more to be done, we want to remove any barriers people are facing to getting vaccinated and providing transport to those who would benefit from it is invaluable.

“Thanks to Sussex Community Transport and Rother Voluntary Association who have already helped over a thousand people access this life-saving protection.”

People can book first, second or booster vaccinations using the NHS online booking system – www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.