Vaccination information (COVID-19 and flu)
You can go to a walk-in vaccination centre to have your booster vaccination, or you can book online via the NHS website.
We will announce here when we have our next pop up clinic.
Please remember if you attend our clinics, you will need to be registered with a Doctor/GP and have a valid NHS number.
There is no need to book for these clinics and you can get your first, second or booster dose for those eligible - check your eligibility on the NHS website. If it is your second dose, your first dose must have taken place at least eight weeks ago.
Seasonal boosters are also now available for some people, including people over 65 and some who are at higher risk. You will be contacted by your GP if you are eligible for a seasonal booster and will be able to book these online
Vaccination clinics - Penryn & Falmouth:
Pop up clinics are taking place in Falmouth for first, second and booster doses - you can book online or just drop in
Anyone over the age of 12 can now get vaccinated against COVID-19.
You can book an appointment at a vaccination centre in Exeter or Cornwall using the NHS National Booking Service . You can also find walk-in centres where there is no need to book – find your nearest one here. 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. Students can also look out for information on when these are taking place in your University Updates email, the staff Weekly Bulletin and on our social media channels.
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.
f you are registered with a GP (doctor) practice, you can book your appointments online through the NHS 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. 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 student University Updates email, the staff Weekly Bulletin and on our social media channels.
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: 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.
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.
A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, who have had 2 doses of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
You can go to any walk in to a vaccination clinic as long as it has been 3 months since your 2nd dose. You can book your booster jab online via the NHS booking website.
If you've had COVID-19
If you or your child have COVID-19, or symptoms of COVID-19 but have not had a test, you should wait until your symptoms are better before you get the vaccine. You should ideally wait:
- 4 weeks (28 days) if you're aged 18 or over.
- 12 weeks (84 days) if you or your child are aged 5 to 17
- 4 weeks (28 days) if you or your child are aged 5 to 17 and at high risk from COVID-19, or live with someone who has a weakened immune system
This starts from the date your symptoms started or from the date of a positive test, whichever was earlier.
Please cancel and rebook your appointment for a later date if needed.
Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.
This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.
Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
You can have a seasonal booster dose (autumn booster) of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are:
- aged 65 or over
- aged 5 and over and at high risk due to a health condition
- aged 5 and over and at high risk because of a weakened immune system
- aged 5 and over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system
- aged 16 and over and a carer, either paid or unpaid
- living or working in a care home for older people
- a frontline health and social care worker
Currently certain people are being prioritised for getting a seasonal booster. Others, including those aged 50 to 64 who are not at higher risk, will be able to get it later in the autumn 2022.
You will be contacted by your GP if you are eligible for a seasonal booster and will be able to book these online
We are encouraging everyone that is eligible to book a flu jab as soon as possible. To check your eligibility and find your nearest supplier, you can check out the NHS website. If you do not fulfil the requirement for a free flu jab, we still strongly encourage you to pay the small fee to protect yourself, this can be booked via local pharmacies or supermarkets. Unfortunately the University is unable to reimburse the cost of the flu jab if you are outside of the eligible group.
Information for international students
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).
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 to campus or in the UK once they arrive.
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.
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.
If you have been vaccinated outside of the UK, you can now book an appointment to show evidence of any vaccinations you've had and then the NHS will be able to securely update your vaccination record. For further information on this service please visit the NHS vaccinations aboard page.
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.