2021 may have started with yet another national lockdown but this time is different - we are all excited about the arrival of three covid-19 vaccines which have been rolled out across the UK. It is with excitement, hope and trepidation that members of the elderly and vulnerable community as well as certain front line workers are invited to be the first to receive their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
If you or someone you are supporting has an appointment confirmed by the NHS to receive a vaccination in NewcastleGateshead, find out how you can travel safely to the city centre, where to park and where to go for the appointment.
Centre for Life in Newcastle city centre is one of the UK's large vaccination centres. The science village is home to popular family-friendly attraction, Life Science Centre (which is currently closed) and can be found in Times Square, not far from Newcastle's Central Station.
While Centre for Life is the largest venue for Newcastle's vaccinations, the NHS will provide the necessary information about confirming your vaccination appointments. Find all the information about the Covid-19 vaccination roll out from NHS Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals website.
There are other sites providing the vaccination so check with your appointment booking before travelling.
A new, dedicated bus stop is in place directly outside Centre for Life in Newcastle, and is served by many of Go North East’s frequent services from across the region. Read all the information from Go North East in full here.
There are plenty of Go North East bus services that travel to Centre for Life in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and will drop you right off ready to get your vaccination. Go North East have provided the following information, these services serve Clayton Street West when heading into Newcastle and the new dedicated bus stop when leaving Newcastle.
The nearest metro station to Newcastle's Centre for Life is Central Station. The metro station is a short walk (approximately 5 minutes) from Centre for Life where you will get your vaccination. Find more information on the website: nexus.org.uk/metro.
There is a large car park approximately 5-minutes walk from Centre for Life at Newcastle Central Station. The long-stay car park at Newcastle Central Station can be found at: Neville Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 5DL.
LNER who manage Newcastle's train station are offering free car parking in their long-stay car park to people who have a confirmed coronavirus vaccination appointment at nearby Centre for Life. Read more here.
There is barrier-controlled entry to the car park and visitors will be given a ticket on entering. This ticket can be exchanged when checking-in at the Centre for Life for a ticket that will allow you to exit the car park free of charge after your appointment.
If you're going to receive your coronavirus vaccination and eligible for concessionary travel, you can travel for free on public transport before 9.30am. This means that older passengers and people with a disability can use the local buses in Tyne and Wear – and Metro if they have a Metro Gold Card – to travel for free. The passenger needs to show proof of an early morning appointment, such as a letter, email or text. Find out more information.
Please make sure to arrive only a few minutes before your allotted appointment time to help minimise queuing outside the vaccination centre.
It is compulsory to wear a mask when you are travelling as well as respecting the 2-metre distance between you and other passengers. Don't forget to wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser when you're on the go.
Go North East have published their advise here on how to stay safe when you make essential journeys on the bus during the coronavirus pandemic.
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