We want you to stay healthy and well, so we advise you to check what vaccines you feel you may need before you arrive and make sure you register with a local GP once you are here. 

In the first few weeks of the academic year, when you get to meet lots of new people, you need to make sure you look after yourself and are protected.

Coronavirus Vaccination

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

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. Local areas may also work with partners to set up “pop up” temporary clinics at locations convenient for students to access, for example, on university campuses.

Students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a larger vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites 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

Men ACWY Vaccination

If you haven’t had your Men ACWY vaccine, we recommend that you get in touch with your GP and ask for the vaccine to protect you from meningitis. If you are over 25 and feel you would benefit from the meningitis vaccine, please contact your GP to discuss the options that are available to you.

Mumps Vaccination

We also advise students to be immunised against mumps before starting their studies. The MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps and rubella) is part of the routine NHS childhood immunisation schedule. This means most young people who’ve grown up in England will have had two doses of it in childhood and will have full immunisation. If you’re not sure you’ve had two doses of the MMR vaccine, ask your GP for a catch-up vaccination.

Lucy, a Christ Church student, shares her story of surviving meningitis and the symptoms to look out for.

Further general health advice for students

If you have any concerns about your health, you can always talk to our Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers.

Registering with a GP

We recommend that you register with a GP Practice close to where you live, so if you are ever ill you know you can get the help you need.

If like most students, you spend more weeks of the year at your university address than your family’s address, you need to register with a GP near to you as soon as possible.

If you need regular prescription items, consider registering for the electronic repeat dispensing service (ERD), as you will be able to pick them up from any pharmacy you nominate, which can be easily changed if you are at home or at university when you need a further supply.

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COVID-19 guidance

Getting vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and provides the best protection against coronavirus. Remember it takes two weeks after your second jab to be fully vaccinated, so to be safe when you return to campus, you do not want to delay getting both vaccinations.

Testing before travel

Students should expect to test before they travel back to university, by ordering a free test online or collection from their local pharmacy.

Testing on arrival

On arrival at university, students should expect to take 2 LFD tests either using home test kits or at an on-site testing facility (3 to 4 days apart). This is to reduce the risk of transmission following the movement of students across the country. It is then recommend that you take a test twice weekly.