Vaccinations

There are a number of vaccinations, including protection against Covid-19, which are on offer to those in our university community.

Covid-19 vaccinations

Any adult in the UK can now access COVID-19 vaccination directly through the NHS. This includes all our international students. The vaccine is available at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. Some temporary ‘pop-up’ clinics are also available in Liverpool.

Students can book their appointment at one of the vaccination centres, a community pharmacy or at some select GP sites by visiting the National Booking Service website or by phoning the NHS on 119.

We will also be running vaccination drop-in sessions on campus on the 20, 21 and 22 September in the Central Teaching Labs Flex space and then in the Stanley Theatre every fortnight from 6 October from 12noon to 4pm.  There is no need to book for these sessions.  Details of all drop-in sessions in Liverpool can be found on the CCG website.

If you wish to receive the vaccine you will need to be registered with a GP, so it is important to do this as soon as you arrive in the city, if you haven’t already. You can register with our local practice here. If you have previously received NHS treatment you can find your NHS number by using this tool.

It is recommended that you have two doses of the Covid-19 vaccinations, with your second dose between 8 and 9 weeks after receiving your first dose.

Students have the option to select a different location to have their second vaccination appointment on the National Booking Service. If you had your first dose in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but you are in England at the time of your second dose, you should either:

  • Book your second appointment through the National Booking Service (if you are registered with a GP in England and have an English NHS number)
  • Register with a GP in England and book your vaccination appointment
  • Approach a local GP and ask to be vaccinated as an unregistered patient
  • Attend a vaccine pop-up centre

If you have received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas, and that vaccine is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the advice here (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance).

If you are eligible for your first dose in England, but will be abroad for your second dose, you should contact the health service in the country where you are resident at the time the second dose is due.

Anyone in England who has received a full vaccine course (2 doses) can demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status. Guidance for demonstrating COVID-19 vaccination status with an NHS Covid Pass can be found on the NHS webpages.

When travelling outside of the UK remember that other countries determine their own border health rules, which may include COVID-19 vaccination status. Check the entry requirements for your destination before travelling: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The University does not require students or members of staff to be vaccinated in order to access on-campus facilities. However, we strongly encourage you to take the vaccine if eligible to keep yourself and others safe.

If you have any other queries about vaccinations please contact shield@liverpool.ac.uk, or call the COVID Advisory Service on 0151 795 9500.

Meningococcal ACWY (Meningitis) vaccination

Most home students have been vaccinated with the Meningitis ACWY immunisation as part of the UK schools programme. However, if you have not been vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella, or meningitis – or you are not sure – it is important you contact your GP and arrange to receive the vaccines.

You can visit your usual GP to arrange this before you move to Liverpool, or you can arrange to have the vaccination free of charge by registering with a GP in Liverpool. You can register with our local practice here.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination

The MMR vaccination is also part of the UK schools programme, so most UK-based students will have received this.

However, if you have not been vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella – or you are not sure – it is important you contact your GP and arrange to receive the vaccines.

You can visit your usual GP to arrange this before you move to Liverpool, or you can arrange to have the vaccination free of charge by registering with a GP in Liverpool. You can register with our local practice here.

Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the symptoms of meningitismeaslesmumps and rubella via the NHS website.

Flu vaccine

The flu vaccination is more important than ever this year and Public Health England are urging all those who are eligible to receive the free flu vaccine this winter.

The flu vaccine is given to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers.

The flu vaccine is available at GP surgeries and pharmacies. The vaccine may be offered in some hospital settings (such as through your midwife if you are pregnant).

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