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24 June 2021

FAQs on students and the Covid vaccine

Please read the following information about vaccinations for all students.

Vaccination FAQs for Higher Education Institutions

How will students be invited for the Covid-19 vaccination when they are eligible?

Students will be offered a Covid-19 vaccination when their age or clinical risk group becomes eligible. 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 work, are an unpaid carer, or are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed.In England, the Covid-19 vaccine is being offered at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

Once a student becomes eligible, they can find out how to get their vaccine at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

If they are registered with a GP, they will be able to book appointments at a larger vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites as soon as they are eligible or when they receive an invitation from their GP.

To book appointments through the National Booking Service, students will need to be registered with a GP and have an NHS number. Anybody who has previously received treatment will have an NHS number and you can find this on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

Those who are registered with a GP will also receive an invitation to be vaccinated from their GP practice when they are eligible for the vaccine.

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.

What should students do if they aren’t registered with a GP practice, but wish to be vaccinated?

Students should be encouraged to register with a GP practice and should be directed to nhs.uk/register for more information.

An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

It is possible to request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient by approaching a local 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.

What do students do if they are registered with a GP in their hometown, but not where they study, or vice versa?

If a student is registered with a GP practice and is eligible, they can book their appointments online through the National Booking Service at a location that is convenient to them.

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.

How does a student access their second dose in a new location?

If a student books their appointments via the National Booking Service, the National Booking Service has an option to book the second vaccination appointment at a different location to the first appointment.

The National Booking Service allows you to view your appointments, cancel your appointments and book appointments again.

If the student received their first dose through a GP practice in one location but will be in a different location for their second, they can book the second dose in the second location through the National Booking Service. Second doses are administered 3 to 12 weeks after having the first dose.

If the first dose was through a GP in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but the student is in England at the time of their second dose, the patient should follow the instructions above for their second dose.

Can students due to start a health or social care placement be vaccinated before their placement starts?

All adults in the UK over the age of 18 should be offered their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine before September.

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

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

What if a student is eligible for their first dose in England, but will be abroad for their second dose (eg overseas placement)?

The student should contact the health service in the country where they are resident at the time the second dose is due.

Where can students find more information?

Students should be directed to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ for more information about the Covid-19 vaccine.

International students FAQs

Are international students eligible for the vaccine?

Anybody in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. International students in England can receive the Covid-19 vaccine when they become eligible.

Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?

Nobody in England has to pay for the Covid-19 vaccination. The Covid-19 vaccine is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

International students or anyone seeing requests for payment should report this activity to their university institution and to Action Fraud. More information on Covid-19 vaccine scams is on the Action Fraud website.

Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccine?

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.

How does an international student get an NHS number?

International students can approach their local GP practice, saying they would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.

Are any dependents of international students also eligible for the Covid vaccination?

Anyone in England is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and should come forward once it is their turn.

Are international graduates eligible for the vaccine?

See answer above.

How does an international student get a vaccine?

International students should be encouraged to register with a GP and get an NHS number.

An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

It is possible to request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient by approaching a local 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

Students can be directed to nhs.uk/register for more information on GP registration.

If an international student is not registered with a GP, will they still be invited for their vaccination?

Students who are not registered with a GP will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service when they are eligible.

However, when a person is eligible, they can book their vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service with their NHS number if they have previously received NHS treatment. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

We encourage all students to register with a GP and can be directed to www.nhs.uk/register for more information.

What should an international student do if they schedule their first dose in England, but will be abroad for their second?

The student should contact the health service in the country where they are resident at the time the second dose is due.

What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination abroad, and ...

What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?

If a person has received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose provided that they are eligible. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/988091/COVID-19_vaccination_programme_guidance_for_healthcare_workers_20_May_2021_v3.7.pdf

The student should contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

Will international students need to have been vaccinated in order to enter England in the autumn?

Vaccination is not currently a requirement for entry into the UK. However, we encourage all international students to receive a vaccine, either in a different country before arriving for term, or in the UK once they arrive.

Where can students find more information?

Students should be directed to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ for more information about the Covid-19 vaccine.

This page sets out the safety measures that are in place across campus, what they mean for you and what is expected in terms of behaviour; both on campus and when you’re out and about.

We’ve undertaken a comprehensive programme of work in order to provide the conditions for us to study, live and work safely on campus. You can see more details about this in the guide and video below.

Even though we have put excellent precautions in place, we cannot reduce the risk of catching Covid-19 to zero. Some people will have a higher risk of becoming more seriously ill if they do catch Covid-19, or may live with or care for someone who has a higher than average risk. Based on current knowledge of the illness, the NHS is advising that these groups are likely to be at a moderate or high additional risk compared to the average if they catch Covid-19.

You will need to make your own assessment of whether you have any additional factors to consider to keep yourself and others as safe as possible. We have produced a guide to help you with this which you will find on this page below the video.

Please take the time to read through this Covid-19 safety information carefully, complete the risk assessment and talk through any concerns that you have with your Student Progression Administrator.

Finally, the safety of everybody will also depend on each of us playing our part and you can do your bit by signing up to our Community Pledge at the bottom of the page.

Stay safe message to all students

Read the guide

Being on Campus: Information for Students

Please read the guide below:

Watch the video

University safety guidance video

Your safety on campus

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Now please read the self-assessment info below.

Complete the self-assessment

Self-assessment

Important: read this self-assessment information

To assess your own risk you should take the following steps:

  1. Please look at the NHS list here:
    • Do you, or a member of your family fall into one of the categories listed?
  2. If you fall into any risk category higher than average, look at the advice about how to manage your risk here.
  3. Consider this in relation to the University’s safety planning – will the steps we have taken enable you to social distance as you need to?
    • For example: throughout the campus in all activities we are working to either 2 metres distance or 1 metre with a face covering as standard indoors, and there may be additional requirements for particular activities based on a specific risk assessment of that activity.
  4. Think about any additional steps you can take to keep yourself safe:
    1. Do you have any options around how you travel or ways to lower the risk at home?
    2. What arrangements will you make for refreshments while on campus?
    3. What steps will you take if you cannot wear a face covering and are exempt from the requirement to do so?
  5. Consider if you need further advice to answer any questions you may have – this can be from government web pages, your doctor or specialist or from the University Covid-19 FAQs.
  6. Consider making a practice journey on to campus to get familiar with how it will work and to make sure you have no concerns.

Need any advice?

After self-assessment

If - having taken the steps to complete your self-assessment - you need to:

  • Discuss how your course is delivered, how you will need to access teaching and learning, and any practical arrangements as a result of Covid-19, please speak to your School Progression Administrator in the first instance using the contact details below.
  • Discuss worries regarding your mental health, please contact our Counselling & Wellbeing advisers in askUS.
  • Discuss Inclusive and Accessible teaching, or additional disability related adjustments that may need a Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP), please speak to our Disability and Learner Support service in askUS.
  • Access our support services more generally for practical matters such as finance and accommodation, contact our askUS team.

Student Progression Administrators

FAMILY AND FRIENDS HUB

INFORMATION FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

We know that you’ll be concerned about students whilst they’re away or commuting to university. We’ve put together this page to help provide you with some reassurance and keep you informed. 

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NHS CONTACT TRACING

Developed by the NHS to help identify cases of Covid-19, and alert you if you my have come into contact with it, the NHS Contact Tracing app is the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk of coronavirus. You can also find advice, check your symptoms, arrange a test, and avoid contact tracing forms using the QR scanner at public venues. 

To help keep you and everyone else on campus safe and informed, we ask that you please download and use the free app, available from the App Store and Google Play. 

INFORMATION FOR SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS

HELP AND ADVICE IF YOU ARE SELF-ISOLATING

First steps – let us know you are self-isolating

Let us know if you are self-isolating. Please complete this form to disclose to the University of Salford and the University of Salford Students' Union that you have tested positive for Covid-19 and/or are self-isolating due to Covid-19. The information you provide will be used to ensure that you have the support you need during this challenging period, to give you the opportunity to ask any questions and give us your feedback.

Once you have let us know you are self-isolating you will receive a friendly call from one of our Track and Trace Team (this may come from an 020 number, or a mobile number, but it’s one of our University staff, or student volunteers from the Students' Union's peer support service, Rafiki.

Please remember, if you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should also book a test.

We can offer practical support with things like food, medicine and deliveries

We’re offering a food orders service for students in self-isolation. You can also get a delivery from any of the supermarkets if you’d prefer.

Ordered a delivery? If you are in student halls your accommodation providers will make sure these get to you in your flat, we know you are keen to get your delivery as quickly as possible and the accommodation teams are working hard to make sure you don’t have to wait too long - please be aware though that in places like PPQ, some 400-500 deliveries arrive every day. Contact your accommodation teams directly to check the process for your particular halls.

Your parents may want to drop items off for you – they can be dropped off at reception if you’re isolating. If they will be dropping off food, please let reception know so that they can prioritise getting this to you.

If you haven’t yet registered with a GP you can do so at the on-campus health centre. If you are registered with a GP you should then be able to arrange a home delivery service for your medication.

We can offer emotional support and peer support through our student support services and our Students Union

askUS Student Support services available virtually

Rafiki, the Students Union peer support service is also available virtually

Your School is on hand to help you with any questions about your study or missing classes

Contact your tutor and check Blackboard for any updates or online learning facilities. If you’re unsure who to contact, you can reach out to your School Student Progression Administrators who will be able to help: 

Feeling bored or isolated? We are running virtual events every week!

Get involved and Give It A Go with exciting activities for all Salford students and staff.  Try something for the first time, meet new people, and gain experiences with activities from social sport, creative craft workshops, wellbeing and mindfulness, and lots more. All our sessions are led by qualified coaches/instructors along with our wonderful team of volunteers, the Team Salford Activators.  A new  timetable  of activities will be available every week throughout the academic year, so why not come and join us.

You can also connect with us online

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Order your meals

Food orders for self-isolating students

If you’re self-isolating in Peel Park Quarter, John Lester, Eddie Colman, Tramways or IQ, you can now order food boxes of pre-prepared meals from Salfood to your accommodation.

You can order vegetarian or meat options to last either a day or a week, with next day delivery if ordered before 12pm.