Vaccination information for students
Vaccinations for students
Vaccinations for students
Key messages from the Department of Health:
- 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 via the National Booking Service
- If you’re not registered with a doctor (GP) you can book your vaccine either in Exeter or Cornwall via the following routes:
On-campus drop-in vaccination clinics - Exeter:
- Wednesday 20 October, 10am-5pm - Innovation Centre, Streatham Campus
- Monday 8 November, 10am-5pm - Innovation Centre, Streatham Campus
- Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 November, 10am-5pm - Innovation Centre, Streatham Campus
There is no need to book for therse clinics, and you can get your first or second dose - if it is your second dose, your first dose must have been Pfizer, and must have taken place at least eight weeks ago.
On-campus drop-in vaccination clinics - Penryn:
- Wednesday 17 November, 10am-3pm - The Exchange
You will need to book a vaccination slot at the Cornwall clinics. Click on ‘Activities’ and choose the date of the pop up vaccination clinic you’d like to attend, then book a time slot for ‘Covid-19 vaccination’. You can get your first or second dose - if it is your second dose, your first dose must have been Pfizer, and must have taken place at least eight weeks ago.
You can also access a vaccination at your local NHS vaccination centre - please see the below FAQ, How can students access their vaccination?
Can you help the NHS to plan its delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in Devon and Cornwall this autumn?
Devon and Cornwall Clinical Commissioning Groups (these are the NHS’ representatives in Devon and Cornwall) are inviting all students to complete a short online questionnaire about their vaccination status, prior to arrival at the University. The team would simply like to know if you’ve had both your vaccinations, none, or just one, and the type you’ve had.
Please note completing a copy of the questionnaire is not mandatory. Your responses will be completely anonymous and you do not need to share any personal data. The data collected will only be used by the NHS to help plan the delivery of vaccinations to you and our community over the coming months, should you choose to take one, in terms of the numbers of vaccines needed and the location where they could be provided. The survey can be accessed via our online form.
All adults aged 18 and over can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS to do this.
If you are registered with a GP, you will be contacted to book your appointment at a larger vaccination centre, a commuinity pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites.
You can also book an appointment at a vaccination centre, without waiting to be contacted by your GP. The vaccination centres are at Greendale Business Park near Exeter, and the Hospital Hub vaccination site in Truro. You can use the National Booking Service to do this. You will need to be registered with a GP and have an NHS number.
Pop-up clinics are also taking place both on- and off- campus. The next scheduled dates for these are available at the top of this webpage. You can also look out for information on when these are taking place in your Universty Updates email and on our social media channels.
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. If you’re an unregistered patient 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com confirming your Full Name, Date of Birth, Contact Number and Address.
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.
Once you are eligible for a vaccination, 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.
Students are able 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, the National Booking Service has an option to book or re-arrange the second vaccination appointment at a different location to the first appointment.
Second doses are administered 3 to 12 weeks after having the first dose.
If you are registered with a GP (doctor) practice, you can book your appointments online through the National Booking Service at a vaccination centre that is convenient to you. You do not need to wait to be contacted by your GP to do this. Our local vaccination centres are at Greendale Business Park near Exeter, and the Hospital Hub vaccination site in Truro. You will need to be registered with a GP and have an NHS number.
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.
Pop-up clinics are also taking place both on- and off- campus. Look out for information on when these are taking place in your Universty Updates email and on our social media channels.
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.
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).
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.
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 you have recieved a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the advice here (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance). Recipients of a vaccination outside the UK, should contact a GP or a clinician at a vaccination centre to discuss whether further vaccination is appropriate. Clinicians will only advise additional vaccination where this is safe. Please contact your GP to ensure you receive an appropriate vaccine for your second/top-up 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.
All authorised vaccines are available free of charge across the UK, regardless of nationality, residency or immigration status and are available from thousands of vaccine centres, GP practices and pharmacies.
Recipients of a vaccination which is not recognised by the UK authorities should contact their GP or a clinician at a vaccination centre to discuss whether further vaccination is appropriate. Public Health England have issued guidance for clinicians who need to decide whether to provide further vaccination to individuals vaccinated outside the UK. 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, provided they meet UK eligibility criteria. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered.
Current clinical guidance advises that individuals should not seek to receive a further course of vaccination on top of their vaccines unless explicitly advised. The primary purpose of receiving a vaccination is to ensure individuals are provided with health protection against COVID-19. For travel certification purposes, the NHS Covid Pass will only show 2 vaccine doses - the first and last vaccine dose an individual has received. Mixed doses, including of MHRA vaccines, currently do not qualify for relaxed health measures at the UK border.
Currently only people fully vaccinated under the UK government vaccination programme can be certified using the NHS Covid Pass. The NHS COVID Pass is available to those who are resident in England with an NHS number. GP registration is required to access the Covid Pass via the NHS App. An individual is fully vaccinated 14 days after completing a full course of an MHRA authorised vaccine, whether that requires two doses or one dose (according to the MHRA authorised schedule). The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days
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:
- use the NHS COVID-19 app to check-in at venues
- continue to wear a face covering in crowded areas and on public transport
- wash your hands carefully and frequently
- ventilate your home, work space, and other enclosed spaces
- follow the current Government guidance on how to stay stafe
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.
If you have a question relating to vaccination and need support you can contact vaccination experts in the NHS:
Devon (Exeter): firstname.lastname@example.org
The NHS has further information about COVID-19 vaccinations on its website.