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Prime Minister announcement - update for staff 15 June 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that there would be a delay to the further easing of the national COVID-19 restrictions. There will now be no further lifting of the current restrictions until 19 July at the earliest.

As the Prime Minister explained, the decision to delay further easing has been taken due to the concerning rise in cases linked to the lifting of restrictions over recent weeks, including the spread of the Delta Variant of COVID-19. Any further easing will be dependent on case numbers and hospitalisations reducing and on the continued progress of the vaccination programme. The Prime Minster set out plans to ensure that all those over 18-years old would be offered at least one dose of vaccine before 19 July.

It therefore remains critical that we all play our part in helping to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by sticking to the guidelines, including by reducing unnecessary contact between people and households where we can, and by engaging with testing and vaccination programmes whenever we are invited to.

This announcement does not require any significant changes in our University plans for the period until 19 July.

Vaccinations

The continued progress of the national vaccination programme is vital to the further easing of restrictions. From today, those aged 23-24 can book their vaccination and the Government has stated that vaccinations for 18-23 year old age groups will follow very shortly. If you are invited to get vaccinated, please take up the opportunity as soon as you are able to. You can find out all you need to know in our vaccination FAQs for students.

You can find out everything you need to know about guidelines, testing, and the University’s response to COVID-19 on our dedicated webpages. Finally, please remember that you can also access Wellbeing Support at any time. Full details are on our website.

Best wishes

Mike

 

Mike Shore-Nye
Registrar and Secretary