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Everyone over 18 can now book a COVID-19 vaccination – please read for further details - 18 June 2021

Dear Student,

I’m delighted to let you know that everyone over the age of 18 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and some parts of Scotland, is now able to book their COVID-19 vaccinations, and I do hope you will take up this offer for your own health and that of your friends and loved ones.

Further information about the booking process, including information about how to get to the vaccination centres in Exeter and Cornwall, and what will happen before, during and after your appointment is detailed below. You can also find links to information about the vaccination programme in other parts of the UK.

Key points:

  1. You must make a booking via the NHS booking system – you will not be able to get a vaccination if you just turn up at a centre
  2. If you’ve already left Exeter or Cornwall for the summer, you can book a slot at any vaccination centre in the UK
  3. Sometimes the centres are busy and you might not be able to get a slot immediately so at the point of booking please consider where you might be so you book a slot at a vaccination centre near to that location
  4. If you are currently self-isolating because you have tested positive for COVID-19, or because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, DO NOT leave isolation to attend a vaccination appointment. Instead please cancel your appointment and book for another date
  5. If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, the NHS advise that you should wait 4 weeks from the date you had the test result before booking an appointment for a vaccine
  6. If you want to book an appointment for your first vaccine in Exeter/Cornwall, and book your second vaccine at another location in the UK, you will need to book both vaccines in Exeter/Cornwall and then cancel the second booking, rebooking your second one at your preferred location in the UK. You will need to let the vaccination centre know that you are booking for your second dose and what brand of vaccine you have had for your first dose. Further information about the vaccination programme in WALES, SCOTLAND and NORTHERN IRELAND can be found online
  7. If you are an international student you can have your vaccinations here in the UK - if you subsequently return home and are there when your second vaccination is due, please contact the health services in your home country so you can arrange to have your second dose. Similarly, if you’ve received your first vaccination overseas and return to the UK you can have your second dose in the UK - please scroll down to the further information sectionin this communication for more details - you can also find NHS contact details in this section should you need to discuss your personal circumstances with a vaccine expert
  8. We have prepared some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for you, which are available on our webpages. You can also watch a recent talk and Q&A, led by our NHS colleagues, about the vaccination programme.  

Full information:

How to book your covid-19 vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is now available to anyone aged 18+ in the England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as in some parts of Scotland. Scotland is also vaccinating younger people who have particular underlying health conditions.

You must book an appointment at a vaccination centre to have the vaccine, it is not possible to just turn up. You should have two vaccinations, with the second vaccine being administered 8-12 weeks after the first. To find your nearest centre and book your slot please use the NHS COVID-19 vaccination booking system and put in your current postcode to view the list of nearby vaccination centres to choose from. Alternatively, you can wait to be contacted by letter by your doctors’ practice.

You do not have to be at your term-time address to receive the vaccination, you will be able to choose a centre near to where you are currently located. If you leave your term-time address after your first vaccination, you can book your second dose in another location, if you need to, and vice versa - please note: if you want to book an appointment in Cornwall/Exeter and another in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you will need to book both tests in Cornwall/Exeter and then cancel the second appointment, rebooking your second appointment in the required region. If you need advice on this, please scroll down to the further information section for NHS contact details should you have any queries.

If you are currently self-isolating because you have tested positive for COVID-19, or because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, DO NOT leave isolation to attend a vaccination centre. Instead, please cancel your appointment and book for another date. If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, the NHS advise that you should wait for 4 weeks from the date you had the test result before booking an appointment.

The centres are run brilliantly by volunteers who will guide you through the process but at times they can be busy. Bearing in mind the hot weather we’ve been having lately, we recommend you take some food and water with you and that you are well hydrated before you go. It can be advisable to take a friend with you if you are anxious about having your vaccine – if they also need their vaccination you may be able to book timeslots which are close to each other.

What happens on the day

What should I bring with me?

On the day you’ll need to bring:

  • a face covering, unless you cannot wear one for a health or disability reason
  • your booking reference numbers if your appointment is at a vaccination centre

If you need a carer you can bring them with you on the day.

What happens at the appointment?

  • Your appointment should last for around 30 to 45 minutes
  • You'll be asked some questions about your medical history
  • It's important to tell the staff giving you the vaccination if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction or you are pregnant
  • If your appointment is at a vaccination centre, you'll be asked for your booking reference numbers
  • You will then be given an injection of the vaccine into your upper arm
  • All places that offer COVID-19 vaccinations will help keep you safe from COVID-19. There will be regular cleaning and social distancing in waiting areas

What happens after the vaccination?

  • You may be asked to wait for 15 minutes after having the vaccination. This is in the unlikely event you have a serious reaction to the vaccine
  • Research has found it's very rare to have a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine. If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes
  • The team are trained to deal with reactions and treat them immediately

You will also be given a leaflet about what to expect after your vaccination to take home with you.

International students and study abroad students

International students are able to have the COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are over 18 you can book an appointment on the national booking system website. However, if you are unable to book online and if you’re not registered with a doctor (GP Practice) you can book a vaccine appointment either in Exeter or Cornwall via the following routes:

Exeter – contact Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s vaccine support team via the following email address: d-ccg.devonvaccinationsupport@nhs.net confirming your Full Name, Date of Birth, Contact Number and Address

Cornwall – contact Cornwall Clinical Commissioning Group’s vaccine support team via the following email address: nhskernowccg.ciosc19vaccine@nhs.net confirming your Full Name, Date of Birth, Contact Number and Address

If you have your first vaccination in the UK and are overseas at the time your second one is due, you should contact your local health services in that country to arrange to have your second dose.

If you receive a vaccination overseas and are then back in the UK at the time your second dose is due, you can receive it here in the UK. If the vaccination type you received overseas is not given in the UK, do contact your doctor (GP Practice) and they will be able to arrange for an appropriate alternative.

Please remember that the COVID-19 vaccination is FREE in the UK and you will not be asked for payment. 

You can read further information in our FAQs on our webpages.

Getting to the vaccination centre in Exeter

The Exeter vaccination centre is at Greendale Business Park, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX5 1EW.

By Bus

The Number 9 bus from Exeter Bus Station on Paris Street runs approx. every 30 minutes during the day (except Sundays). The journey time is around 30-40 minutes. Greendale Business Park is a request stop. If you are living on, or near, our Exeter campuses you can take a bus into the city and get off at the City Centre, Cheeke Street stop, which is opposite the bus station – you can find timetable information online.

The Greendale route is included in the Day Rider ticket options and also there are discounts for group tickets if you are attending your appointment with friends or your household. For further information on bus services, please visit www.stagecoachbus.com.

By Car

For Greendale Business Park, exit the M5 at Junction 30 and follow the A3052 Sidmouth Road for around 3 miles until you see signs directing you to the vaccination centre. You can plan your journey with Google Maps, or enter the postcode EX5 1EW in to your sat nav. Parking is available and you will be greeted by marshals, who will show you where to park.

You can find out more about the Exeter vaccination centre on their website.

Getting to the vaccination centre in Cornwall

There are a number of vaccination centres in Cornwall. The closest to our Penryn Campus and Falmouth is Stithians Showground, Stithians TR3 7HL.

By Bus

Information and bus timetables can be found on the First Bus service website: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/cornwall

By Car

Via A393 – the vaccination centre is 4.5 miles away from campus. You can find directions via Google maps, or enter the postcode TR3 7HL into your sat nav.

Further information can be found on Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group’s website.

Further Information

Further information and Frequently Asked Questions are available on our vaccination webpage.

You can also listen to a recent COVID-19 vaccination talk and Q&A for students, led by NHS colleagues, about the vaccination programme. Please note that all information was correct at the time the talk took place on Thursday 10 June.

If you have a question relating to the COVID-19 vaccination programme and need any support you can contact vaccination experts in the NHS via the following routes:

In addition to this, the NHS has further information about COVID-19 vaccinations online.

The vaccines have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19 but no vaccine is 100% effective and so it is still important to continue to follow UK Government guidelines surrounding social distancing, gatherings and personal hygiene measures; you can read the current rules online. Please note that while the vaccines offer good protection, they do take 3-4 weeks to take full effect.

Once again, I hope you will take the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19, for the sake of your own health and that of others around you.

Thank you for your continued support and best wishes,

Mike

 

Mike Shore-Nye
Registrar and Secretary