Plan to get to your vaccination appointment

This information will help you plan how to get to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Many of the vaccination sites have good parking facilities and public transport links, but support is available if you need some help getting there.

Appointment sites

If you book through the national booking system, you can choose to book at a large vaccination centre or pharmacy. The large vaccination centre in Dorset is at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).

If the sites on the national booking system aren’t suitable for you, you can wait to be contacted by your GP for an appointment at your local GP-led site.

View the list of vaccination sites in Dorset. At many sites, appointments are available throughout the day and during evenings and weekends, so you can find a convenient time for you.

How to get there

By car

Use a satnav or a maps app on your phone to find a route to your appointment. Many venues are well signposted too.

Public transport

You can find a route to your appointment by using Traveline South West. Put in your home address and the location of the vaccination site.

Appointments at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

Read more about the vaccination centre at the BIC and how to get there.


Some vaccination centres have free parking on site or nearby, but, in some cases, you may need to pay to park in a public car park. Be prepared by taking some change or a contactless payment card. Many car parks also take payment by phone or mobile app.

Find out more about parking at the BIC.

Financial support

Anyone who needs help to get to their vaccination appointment can contact their council’s COVID-19 helpline. Both Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council are offering support to towards the costs of a taxi journey to local vaccination appointments for those who need it.

Transport public health advice

The safest way to travel to your appointment is in your own vehicle or with your household or support bubble. We would also recommend walking or cycling if you can.

If you don’t have your own transport, public transport and taxi services have COVID-secure measures in place to help you travel safely. This includes the use of protective screens, ventilation, regular cleaning, social distancing and the use of face coverings.

Read more about travelling safely during COVID-19.