All adults in England can now book their Covid-19 vaccinations, and we expect that all eligible students will be fully vaccinated as soon as they can, and before the start of term, in line with World Health Organisation and UK Government advice.
Vaccination is the most important defence against Covid-19. Getting vaccinated is important in keeping our community and loved ones safe from the effects of Covid-19.
In England, vaccines are now available to everyone aged 16 and over who is registered with a GP/NHS practice. Full details on eligibility can be found on the NHS website.
How do I book my vaccinations?
Students registered with a GP can book appointments through the National Booking Service website, or by phoning 119. Registering with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, but individuals can request to book appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.
Can I book my first vaccination in one location and my second dose in another location?
The National Booking Service will ask you to book both your first and second doses at the same time. However, you do not need to book them in the same area. You can book both doses wherever is going to be the most convenient at the time of the appointment.
For example, you could book your first dose in your home town, and your second dose closer to Keele.
The second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine helps to provide maximum protection.
What about those living elsewhere in the UK?
I'm an international student. Will I be able to get the vaccine in the UK?
International students who are registered with a GP in the UK will be invited for a Covid-19 vaccination in the same way as everyone else.
Students not currently registered with a GP in the UK who would like to receive a vaccine here must register with their nearest GP practice as a temporary resident as soon as possible. A temporary registration will last for approximately three months. After this time, a new temporary registration may be required.
If you have already received a first dose of your vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you already received isn't available in the UK, please speak to your GP practice.
Further vaccine information for international students
International students who live in the UK will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccine, just as they are currently able to access healthcare. Individuals who are registered with a doctor or General Practitioner (GP) will be contacted by their GP to book their vaccine via an online or telephone system – there is no need for students to proactively contact their GP about the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID vaccinations are classed as primary care, and anyone who lives in the UK for six months or more is entitled to receive NHS Primary Care medical services at a GP surgery for free. When students arrive in the UK, they should register with a local GP surgery as soon as possible.
If an individual has only partially completed their vaccination (i.e. one dose), they will be able to access the second dose here in the UK.
If they have already had both doses of a vaccine – be that MHRA verified or not, they will not be required to have any further doses (unless the individual is eligible for any booster programme).
From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
- you are fully vaccinated
- you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
- you are aged under 18 years and 6 months
Please note: Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine Further detail on the vaccination status of international visitors to the UK and the implications for self-isolation or subsequent vaccinations can be found in Public Health England guidance (see pages 15, 16 and Appendix 1).
Also see Student Vaccine FAQs published by NHS England.