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Vaccination FAQs for students

Vaccinations for students

Vaccinations for students

We recently held a Q&A event about the vaccination programme and students - you can watch a recording by following this link (recorded on Thursday 10 June 2021).

Key messages from the Department of Health:

  • Over 18s are now able to book their COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Students can receive their second dose in a different location to their first dose due to their circumstances. If you are registered with a doctor's (GP) practice and become eligible, you can book your appointments online through the National Booking Service at a location that is convenient to you.
  • 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 receive an invitation, please do act on it as soon as possible. Millions of people are already benefiting from protection from the virus.

Students will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine when their age or clinical risk group become eligible.

In England, the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at local sites run by doctors (GPs) or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.  

Once you are eligible, you can find out how to get your vaccine at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

If you are registered with a GP, you will be able to book appointments at a larger vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites. You can do this as soon as you are eligible or when you receive an invitation from your GP.

To use the National Booking Service, you will need to be registered with a GP and have an NHS number. Anybody who has previously received treatment will have an NHS number and you can find this on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, you can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. You can find out more about GP registration at nhs.uk/register. (Remember, you can register at the Student Health Centre in Exeter, or the Penryn Surgery in Cornwall).

Some of you may have received your vaccine already if you are at higher risk of COVID-19, are on a placement as a frontline health or care worker, are an unpaid carer, or are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed. You should continue with your first and second doses as planned.

If you receive an invitation, please do act on it as soon as possible. Millions of people are already benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths.

It is appropriate for students to receive their second dose in a different location to their first dose due to their circumstances.

If you are registered with a GP practice and become eligible, you can book your appointments online through the National Booking Service at a location that is convenient to you.

The National Booking Service allows you to view your appointments, cancel your appointments and book appointments again.

If you receive your first dose through a GP practice in one location but will be in a different location for your second, you can also book your second dose in your second location through the National Booking Service.

Second doses are administered 3 to 12 weeks after having the first dose.

If you receive your first dose through a GP in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but are in England for your second dose, you should follow the instructions above to arrange your second dose in England.

If you are registered with a GP (doctor) practice and become eligible, you can book your appointments online through the National Booking Service at a location that is convenient to you.

The National Booking Service allows you to view your appointments, cancel your appointments and book appointments again.

If you receive your first dose through a GP practice in one location but will be in a different location for your second, you can also book your second dose in your second location through the National Booking Service.

You may also receive an invitation from your GP through text or a phone call. You may sometimes get a letter at the address that is registered with your GP practice. You do not need to wait to be contacted - to book via the National Booking Service if you are eligible.

Students should be encouraged to register with a GP (doctor) practice and you can visit nhs.uk/register for more information. (Remember, you can register at the Student Health Centre in Exeter, or the Penryn Surgery in Cornwall).

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

If you will be abroad by the time your second dose is due, you should contact the health service in the country where are resident at the time the second dose is due.

You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website

International students: FAQs

Anybody in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. International students in England can receive the COVID-19 vaccine when their age or clinical risk group becomes eligible.

Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

International students or anyone seeing requests for payment should report this activity to Action Fraud. More information on COVID-19 vaccine scams can be found on this webpage or the Action Fraud website.

While registration with a GP (doctor) is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. (Remember, you can register at the Student Health Centre in Exeter, or the Penryn Surgery in Cornwall).

International students can approach their local doctor's (GP) practice, saying they would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine. (Remember, you can register at the Student Health Centre in Exeter, or the Penryn Surgery in Cornwall).

Anyone in England is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and should come forward once it is their turn.

Yes, please see further information in the answers above.

Students who are not registered with a GP (doctor) will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service when they are eligible.

We encourage all students to register with a GP. You can register at the Student Health Centre in Exeter, or the Penryn Surgery in Cornwall or go to www.nhs.uk/register for more information. It is possible for individuals to request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

The student should contact the health service in the country where they are resident at the time the second dose is due.

If a person has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose.

If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the student should contact a GP (doctor) to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

Vaccination is not currently a requirement for entry into the UK. However, we encourage all international students to receive a vaccine, either in a different country before arriving for term, or in the UK once they arrive.

You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website.

University FAQs

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective – some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, though this should be less severe. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test result, you should still self-isolate even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This will reduce the risk of spreading infection and help to protect other people.

Although the COVID-19 vaccinations can offer significant protection from the disease, we do not yet know whether taking the vaccine will stop you from catching and passing on the virus. Once you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, you will therefore still need to follow the Government guidance on COVID-19 safety. To continue to protect yourself and your community you should continue to:

You should also adhere to University rules about Coming to Campus.

It can take several weeks for the vaccine to offer maximum protection from COVID-19. Furthermore, we don’t yet know whether individuals who have been vaccinated could still transmit COVID-19 disease to others. Therefore, any student or staff member currently using our campuses should continue to get tested twice per week. We have a number of different venues on and off campus where you can book a test and we are now offering free home test kits so that you can test yourself regularly in your own home. Find out about testing for current students here. Find out about testing if you are a member of staff, here. 

No. The Lateral Flow Device test used in the University mass testing programme detects a different protein of the virus than the one encoded in the vaccine. The HALO PCR tests used for testing symptomatic cases detect different genes of the virus than the one included in the vaccine. There is no possibility that the vaccine will cause you to test positive for COVID-19 if you have not contracted the virus.

You must book your vaccination at the centre you wish to attend – do not turn up without doing this.

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 here. https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/South%20West/January2021/COVID/UNI_250121.pdf

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 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

https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/our-sites/exeter-covid-19-vaccination-centre/

The nearest vaccination centre to Penryn campus is at Stithians Showground, Stithians, TR3 7HL.

By Bus

First Bus Kernow run the U1 and U2 service approximately every 45 minutes (half past the hour and the following quarter past the hour) from stand C at the main bus stop on campus. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. You can find out further information on the First Bus service including a full timetable here. 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.

If you have a question relating to vaccination and need support you can contact vaccination experts in the NHS:

Devon (Exeter): d-ccg.devonvaccinationsupport@nhs.net

Cornwall: hskernowccg.ciosc19vaccine@nhs.net

The NHS has further information about COVID-19 vaccinations on its website. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/