Accessibility Statement
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Getting to my appointment

Travelling safely

If you plan to travel by car, you should avoid car sharing with people outside your household or support bubble. If this isn’t possible, you can reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission by:
  • Travelling with as few people as possible.
  • Sitting as far away as possible from other people.
  • Opening windows for ventilation.
  • Wearing a face covering and asking anyone else in the car to do the same.
If you need to use a taxi or private hire service to travel to your appointment, you must wear a face covering unless you're exempt. Please also follow the car travel guidance above.
If you need to use public transport to travel to your vaccination clinic:
  • You must wear a face covering, including at transport hubs and interchanges, unless you’re exempt. 
  • Keep your distance from other passengers where possible.
  • Clean your hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser with you.
  • If you pay for public transport, use contactless payment if you can.

Public transport

If you need to use public transport to get to your appointment plan your journey in advance.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have an easy to use map, showing COVID-19 vaccination services in Tameside and Glossop that are currently open and they are keeping this updated as new sites open.
Click on the map or your local area section below for advice on how you can travel to your designated vaccination clinic/hub safely.

If you need any help with travel please call TfGM Customer Relations on 0161 244 1000 and a member of their team will be happy to assist you. Their opening hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 8pm and weekends 8am to 8pm.

Ring and Ride Service

For travel to vaccination centres where public transport is limited, the Ring & Ride accessible minibus service can offer you an alternative if you hold a TfGM concessionary pass.
You can travel up to 10 miles (increased from six miles) from your home address using the service to attend your vaccination appointment.  Where Ring & Ride is available, information is included in the local area map below.

Community transport service scheme - Miles of Smiles
Miles of smiles is a community transport scheme led by Action Together, operating for use by residents of Tameside where volunteer drivers use their own cars and the Miles of Smiles wheelchair accessible vehicle to take you to and from health and wellbeing appointments. 
The scheme is available to anyone who, due to illness, age or disability, is unable to use public transport such as buses or trains to get about and do not have their own transport.
The service operates Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm; you should be back in your home before 5pm. Miles of Smiles does not accept responsibility for getting you home after this time.
Your volunteer driver will wait at the destination for up to 90 minutes. Should your appointment last longer than this, your volunteer driver will return to collect you later and there will be an additional charge.
There is an annual membership fee of £10 per person and there is a minimum journey charge of £2.40.
  • To book, you will need to join the scheme first and they need 72 hours’ notice prior to your journey.
  • Or if you’re interested in becoming a Miles of Smiles volunteer driver giving your time for free and using your own vehicle.
Contact the car scheme administrator, Patricia Morris, on 0161 622 2090 or email: who will take your details, check your eligibility and send you a membership pack.  Once accepted you will be registered and may start to use Miles of Smiles.  There is an annual membership fee of £10