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Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations

Information on how to get the vaccinations and booster doses, including for international students and those registered with GPs in the UK.

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.

Booster vaccines are now available for people over the age of 18, and anyone over 16 who's most at risk from Covid-19, who have had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago. See the full list of who can get a Covid-19 booster vaccine and, if you're eligible, book your appointment through the NHS National Booking System.

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?

Full details on eligibility can be found on the NHS website.

You must be registered with an NHS practice to use the national booking system. If you’re not already registered, you can use a walk-in clinic or 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 vaccinations in different locations?

You can book your vaccinations wherever is going to be the most convenient at the time of the appointment.

For example, you could book your first and second doses in Bath, and your booster 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.

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 18 or over is now eligible for three vaccinations. You can contact your local health board if you think you have been missed.

In Northern Ireland, you can book online or call 0300 200 7813.

And read more about the vaccination programme in Scotland.

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.

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?

On the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG page you can find details of which vaccines are currently being offered in the area.

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.