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Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations

Information on how to get the vaccinations, including for international students and those registered with GPs in England, Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland.

Getting fully vaccinated gives you the best protection against coronavirus (Covid-19). The University encourages all members of our student and staff community to get vaccinated as soon as they can, in line with World Health Organisation and UK Government advice and, if you are receiving a vaccination that requires two doses, to have had them both prior to arriving in Bath if possible.

You can currently book a vaccination at the clinic on campus on Thursday 28 October and Thursday 4 November.

Please note that this page may be revised in light of evolving UK Government and public health guidance.

Who is eligible to get a vaccination?

In England, two vaccines are now available to everyone aged 18 and over (and those within 3 months of turning 18) who is registered with a GP/NHS practice. Most children and young people aged 12 to 17 are currently only being offered a 1st dose. Full details on eligibility can be found on the NHS website.

You must be registered with an NHS practice. If you’re not already registered, follow these instructions to register with a GP surgery. You’ll then be given an NHS number.

If you live elsewhere in the UK, please see the information below.

How do I book my vaccinations?

If you are in England, you can book your appointment online, through the NHS National Booking Service.

If you’re unable to book appointments using the website, you can phone the NHS on 119 between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.   You cannot book your vaccine with the University Medical Centre, or with any other GP surgery in Bath and North East Somerset; all vaccination appointments in the area are being processed at the national vaccination centres unless you’re in one of the priority groups.

Can I book my first vaccination in one location and my second dose in another location?

When you are invited to book your vaccination, you can do so through the National Booking Service. The system 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 Bath, and your second dose at your local vaccination centre in your hometown.

If your plans change, you can change your vaccination booking through the National Booking Service at any time. Please note that if you need to change either dose appointment, you need to cancel that appointment first.

What if the national booking system doesn’t have any locations near me?

Please be persistent and keep checking the system.

Available locations and times are updated on the National Booking Service throughout the day. So you may need to try several times to find a time and location that suits you.

What about those living elsewhere in the UK?

In Wales everyone aged 16 or over is now eligible for vaccination. You can contact your local health board if you think you have been missed.

In Northern Ireland, people aged 18 and over can book online or call 0300 200 7813.

In Scotland, people aged 16 and over are being invited.

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.

This also includes older international students or those with underlying medical conditions who fall into other priority categories.

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, ask your GP practice about which is the most similar alternative vaccine for your second dose.

You can also find further information in the NHS vaccination FAQs for students in Higher Education Institutions.

What vaccination locations are available in Bath?

You will be able to see the locations and times available through the National Booking Service.

If you’re in Bath, the largest vaccination centre is Bath Racecourse, which has capacity to vaccinate 1,000 people a day. You can find answers to common questions, including how to book, opening times and how to get there, on the NHS Bath Racecourse Vaccination Centre page.

If you don’t have a car, the special FirstBus service, number 32, runs every hour from the bus station, from 7am until 8pm.

You can find more information about the vaccine from the local NHS website, including details of the current vaccine walk-in clinics in Bath and North East Somerset.

Which vaccination will be offered to me?

Currently, vaccine centres in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are offering the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

We understand that that people aged up to 39 years are offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

What should I do if I currently have Covid or I’m self-isolating?

If you are currently self-isolating because you have symptoms of Covid, have tested positive or someone in your household or a close contact has tested positive, you cannot leave the house to attend a vaccination appointment. You can book an appointment for a date when your isolation period has ended.

If you have tested positive for Covid you should book your first vaccination appointment at least four weeks after your test.

Who should I ask questions about vaccinations?

If you have questions relating to your own health or circumstances in relation to the Covid-19 vaccination, please speak to your GP or medical provider.