Do I need to have the vaccine before coming to campus?
We encourage all students and staff to get the vaccine when they're invited to do so, but it's currently not mandatory. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination, please visit the NHS website.
Everyone over the age of 18 who had their second vaccine more than three months before can get their booster. Those who had their first vaccine more than three months ago can book/visit a drop-in centre to get their second vaccine.
Is the vaccine safe?
Yes, the vaccines have gone through strict clinical trials and safety checks like all other licensed medicines.
What are the side effects?
You may get some mild side effects like a sore arm, feeling tired, a headache, general aches or mild flu-like symptoms. You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to. Symptoms normally pass in a few days. If your side effects seem to get worse or if you're concerned, phone NHS 111.
How does the vaccine work?
The vaccine doesn't contain a live virus and it can't give you COVID-19. It teaches your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you if you catch COVID-19.
Do I need two doses of the vaccine?
Over 18s and people at higher risk from COVID-19 need the second dose from 8 weeks after their first dose to get the strongest protection. Booster and top-up doses are also being rolled out to those who had their second vaccine over 3 months ago.
If I’ve had the virus, do I need to have the jab?
You can still catch the virus even if you've had COVID-19 before. Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from getting seriously unwell in the future. You can have the vaccine 28 days after a positive COVID-19 test or after your symptoms started.
Can I still catch COVID-19 if I have the vaccine?
Yes it's possible, but you're much less likely to get seriously ill. The vaccine has saved over 230,800 lives so far and prevented more than 24 million COVID-19 infections in England alone.
What is the vaccine made from?
The vaccine doesn't contain any animal products, egg, or foetal cells.