Covid-19 vaccine information

Vaccine information for Darlington residents

If you are a Darlington resident, find out what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination programme - including how you will know when it's your turn, where to go, and why it's important.

Darlington Borough Council is not responsible for the vaccine programme in Darlington.

You will be contacted by the NHS to book an appointment or alternatively, you can visit a pop-up or walk-in clinic managed by the NHS.

We all have an important part to play to help the NHS deliver their COVID vaccination programme:

  • Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to book their own COVID vaccination online or by phoning 119.
  • Please book and attend your appointment(s) or alternatively, attend a local walk-in clinic.
  • If you have booked an appointment, please turn up to your appointment on time, do not arrive early or late as the vaccination centres cannot accommodate you.

Vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds

Children aged 12-15 are now able to get the COVID vaccination. For the latest information about the programme, including on eligibility and consent, please visit our children's vaccination programme page. 

Booster programme

Everyone aged 16 and over who had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago can get a booster dose.

Some children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a booster dose if either:

  • they live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

Conditions that mean they may be at high risk are:

  • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
  • Down's syndrome
  • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
  • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

You can now book an appointment via the national Covid-19 vaccination booking system for the Darlington Arena Vaccination Centre. 

Alternatively, you can attend a walk-in clinic at the Arena.

Darlington Arena Covid-19 Vaccination Centre - Patient walk-through

If you have booked your appointment at Darlington’s mass Covid-19 vaccination centre

Arrive only a few minutes before your appointment time. This helps to ensure a steady flow of appointments through the vaccination centre. You can enter the car park no more than 30 minutes before your appointment time.

Please wear short sleeves, so we can vaccinate you easily.

You are welcome to bring a carer if you need assistance. The vaccination centre is fully accessible and wheelchairs are available on site but are limited so please speak to staff when you arrive.

In line with Government guidance, social distancing measures are in place at the vaccination centre. You must wear a mask, stay one metre away from other people, and clean your hands when you enter the building.

Our friendly staff will help you when you arrive and show you the way.

Getting to Darlington’s mass Covid-19 vaccination centre

We understand that some people will need some support to park, get lifts to and from the Darlington Arena and wait to collect people as they receive their vaccinations. Please find some details below that we have put together to help you as you arrive and leave for your COVID-19 vaccination.

Free On-Site Parking for those attending the Darlington Arena for their NHS Covid-19 Vaccination

The Darlington Arena will be making more than 700 car parking spaces available for people attending the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Centre, located in Car Park A. This is the best option for parking if you are driving yourself to your vaccination appointment.

How will this work?

On-site parking at the Darlington Arena is free of charge for those attending their NHS Covid-19 Vaccination. Please enter the site via the marked entrance and park within Car Park A in the designated spaces.

How many spaces will there be?

The Darlington Arena have made over 700 spaces available for those attending their NHS Covid-19 Vaccination. Parking for NHS staff and volunteers will be located in the stadium’s East Car Park.

Need to be dropped off by someone else who will wait nearby whilst you get your vaccination?

From Monday 1st March you can be dropped off in Car Park A for your driver to wait whilst you get your vaccination.

Here’s a map of the parking plan at the Darlington Arena:

Darlington-Arena-Vaccination-Centre-PARKING [PDF]

Please note any taxis should drop passengers off at the designated taxi point, before leaving via the marked exit route.

If you are a blue badge holder

There are limited accessible bays on the site for blue badge holders. You can enter the Darlington Arena via the marked entrance and proceed to the marked accessible bays. Please note these bays are for blue badge holders only. Please display your badge clearly.

Prefer to get a taxi home?

Should you wish to be picked up by taxi, please note we do not have telephone services operating within the centre and you should contact 1AB Taxis directly by calling 01325 282828 and request a pick up at the marked taxi point.

Please note we are aware that some taxi companies are offering free taxis and subsidised rates and we would strongly advise you to fully review all Terms and Conditions of these offers.

Getting to the centre by public transport

The nearest bus stops are called ‘Brankin Drive’ and are located on Brankin Road, 270m from the main access into the Arena. This is on average a 4 minute walk.

The Brankin Drive bus stops are served by services 13A and 13B – 13B being the most direct/quickest from town and the 13A being the most direct/quickest to town. Both services operate every 30 minutes, so 4 journeys per hour.

In addition those residents in the Tees Valley that are eligible for the TeesFlex service operated by Stagecoach are able to book this service to access the Arena site for a vaccination appointment.

TeesFlex service information [external link]

For the most up to date information on the vaccination centre, please visit the Darlington Arena website [external link].

Here are some FAQs to help you get the information you need to know about the biggest vaccination programme in history.

When will I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone over the age of 12 can now book their COVID-19 vaccine by phoning 119 or visiting the national NHS booking website.

Alternatively, anyone over the age of 16 can attend a local walk-in clinic.

Where can I go to get my vaccine?

Hundreds of local vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams have opened across the UK, as well as specific vaccination centres.

In Darlington, this includes:

  • The Darlington Arena Vaccination Centre
  • Cockerton Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy2U

As well as local pop-up and walk-in vaccination clinics, when available.

Do I have to have the COVID-19 vaccine even though I've already had COVID-19?

An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from COVID-19, reduce hospitalisations and save lives. Vaccines are the only way to eradicate disease.

People that have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated. It is still just as important for those who have already had COVID-19 as it is for those who haven’t. 

Is the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory?

There are no plans to make the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for the general public. However, some people may be required to have the vaccination for their jobs - for example, care home workers, inline with the latest government guidance. 

In England, the COVID-19 vaccines will only be available via the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine.

Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.

The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.

The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.

The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

Got a question?

If you have more questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme you can find more information on the NHS website or by contacting your local Primary Care Network or your local Healthwatch.

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