The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective, and provides the best protection against coronavirus.

Following government guidance we recommend that all staff and students are fully vaccinated. 

You can access a COVID-19 vaccination at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals, or at ‘pop up’ temporary clinics at locations convenient for students to access.

Students registered with a GP can visit the National Booking Service website or phone 119 to book their appointment. Those who are registered with a GP will also receive an invitation from their practice to be vaccinated.

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. GP practices should support unregistered patients and those without an NHS number to access the vaccine; they can record these vaccinations and be paid for them.

This all equally applies to international students.

COVID-19 vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals, and at ‘pop up’ temporary clinics. 

Students registered with a GP can book their appointment through the National Booking Service website or by phoning 119.

Those who are registered with a GP will also receive an invitation to be vaccinated from their GP practice.

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. GP practices should support unregistered patients and those without an NHS number to access the vaccine; they can record these vaccinations and be paid for them.

Some students may have already received their vaccinations if they 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 immuno-suppressed.

If you are 18+ and registered with a GP practice, you can book both appointments online through the National Booking Service at a location that is convenient to you, or book a first dose through their GP and a second dose in a different location.

Public Health England have published FAQs on Second Doses in general here.

In general, patients should return to the place they had their first dose to have their second dose. However, it is appropriate for students to receive their second dose in a different location to their first dose due to their circumstances. The National Booking Service has an option to book or re-arrange the second vaccination appointment at a different location to the first appointment.

If you had a first dose in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but will be in England at the time of their second dose, you should either

  1. book a second dose through the National Booking Service (if they are registered with a GP in England and therefore have an English NHS number);
  2. register with a GP in England and book an appointment that way; or
  3. approach a local GP and ask to be vaccinated as an unregistered patient.

Public Health England are working with the NHS in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to ensure that records of vaccinations in those nations flow into a patient’s English NHS record.

All adults in the UK aged 18+ should be offered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 19 July 2021.

Anyone who starts working in the NHS or in social care and has not been vaccinated should be offered the vaccination through occupational health departments or be aware of where they can access the vaccination through their employer.

The second dose should not be brought forward in these circumstances.

You should contact the health service in the country where you are resident at the time the second dose is due.

There is information on GOV.uk here about COVID vaccine certification.

Please visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination for more information about the COVID-19 vaccination.

Our Supporting International Students Through Covid-19 webpage includes additional FAQs for international students on vaccine eligibility, what to do if you have already received a first dose outside of England, and more.