Travelling to for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment counts as ESSENTIAL TRAVEL during the current restrictions.
You can use our travel planner on each of our mass vaccination centre pages to plan your journey:
Accessing your Covid-19 Vaccine appointment either at one of the main mass vaccination sites in Bronllys Hospital, The Royal Welsh Showground Builth Wells & Newtown Leisure Centre, or your local GP Surgery may be challenging, therefore, we are here to assist.
Across Powys there are a network of community transport schemes all there ready to support you. These are listed at the bottom of this page.
Community Car schemes recruit volunteer drivers who use their own car to provide door-to-door transport. The schemes are open to people who do not have reasonable access to other forms of transport, i.e. their own car or public transport in order to safely and conveniently reach their Covid-19 vaccination appointment.
The drivers are paid expenses to cover the mileage they incur (up to 45p per mile based on HMRC mileage rates). Users are asked to meet some or all of the costs, however, accessing your appointment for a Covid-19 vaccine is really important and paying to get there should not be an issue, therefore, in most instances the costs will be met by the health board.
You do not need to be a member of a community car scheme to use it. Just call your local scheme and book your journey. Please provide them with at least 24hrs notice.
These schemes are community based and are run by voluntary organisations. They own their vehicles, either minibuses or 'people carriers', and the majority of these vehicles are accessible to people using wheelchairs or having difficulties using steps.
These schemes are membership based, however, for those who might just wish to use the service as a one off to access their appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination, you will be given a temporary membership, the fee will be nominal and added to the fare.
Members book journeys in advance and fares are charged at a rate which varies according to distance travelled. The service will take the member from door to door. Accessing your appointment for a vaccine is really important and paying to get there should not be an issue, therefore, in most instances the costs will be met by the health board, this will include any charge for membership.
Please call your local scheme to make a booking, please provide as much notice as possible, a minimum of 24 hours.