Vaccinations

How students and staff can book a Covid-19 vaccination.

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Getting your vaccination

Everyone aged 16 and over living in the UK is eligible for a free Covid-19 vaccination, regardless of their nationality or immigration status

You should get your vaccination as soon as you are able. We’re encouraging all students and staff to book their vaccination before the start of the academic year, wherever possible.

Booster vaccinations

The government announced that everyone over 18 in England will be offered a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine before the end of December. 

A booster dose of the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from Covid-19.


Vaccination centre at the Octagon

We are hosting a pop up booster vaccination centre at the Octagon Centre.

The centre is open to everyone aged 18 and above. 

First, second, and third (booster) Covid-19 vaccination doses are available. 

You do not need to book an appointment, just drop in on the day. 

The centre is open from Monday 17 January–Friday 21 January 2022, 9am–4pm. 


Booking a Covid-19 vaccination

You can book a vaccine appointment at any vaccination centre convenient to you.

NHS England has published a document containing FAQs about student Covid-19 vaccinations in England, including questions about international student vaccinations.


    Vaccine guidance for international students

    International students who live in the UK will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccine for free.

    If you have only partially completed your vaccination (for example one dose) you will be able to access the second dose here in the UK.

    If you have already had both doses of a vaccine, you will not be required to have any further doses (unless you are eligible for any booster programme).

    You do not need to register for a UK GP surgery to receive your vaccine in the UK. However we strongly recommend registering with our University Health Service as soon as possible upon arrival in Sheffield, so you can access help if you get poorly.

    If you have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that 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. For further information, please refer to NHS England's guidance:

    Guidance if you had your first vaccine outside of England

    FAQs on vaccine recognition

    FAQs on second doses


    Updates to self-isolation rules

    If you have Covid-19 symptoms you should stay at home and self-isolate immediately for 10 days. You should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, you must continue to self-isolate.

    It is now possible to end self-isolation after five days if you get two negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature.

    More on ending your self-isolation after five full days following two negative rapid lateral flow tests.

    Latest coronavirus updates on the government website.

    Guidance for adults with symptoms and a positive Covid-19 test result

    You must follow the national guidance for adults who have been identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.

    For students: inform the University if you are self-isolating.


    Sheffield NHS Vaccination Centre

    A vaccination centre for Sheffield is open near the Northern General Hospital:

    • Sheffield NHS Vaccination Centre, Longley Lane, Sheffield S5 7JN
    • Appointments are available 7.40am–6.40pm. There is also a walk-in service available for anyone aged 16 and over, which is open seven days a week, 8am–6:30pm.

    Book your vaccination online

    Support – get in touch

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