Covid-19: Testing and vaccination update

Two female students standing outside in front of an NHS van

26 November 2021

In the run-up to the end of term, there will be several key Covid-19 related activities taking place around campus.


The government is now recommending everyone takes a rapid Lateral Flow Test before mixing with people in crowded places. Due to an increase in cases among students in recent days, we are encouraging all students and colleagues on campus to take a lateral flow test every day until the end of term, especially before mixing with people in crowded places, such as classrooms.

You can pick up free home testing kits from a dedicated collection point in the Library from Monday – Thursday between 13:00 – 16:00, and are now available from Greenlands’ reception. You can also order them online to receive by post.


Following the success of the NHS vaccination van on Whiteknights campus at the beginning of term, during which 272 people received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, we have arranged for the facility to return for follow-up vaccinations between the 30 November and 2 December.

Healthcare providers will be on-hand to administer doses of the Pfizer vaccine to anyone who is receiving their first dose or a second dose. It is important that you only book a second vaccine if your first dose was the Pfizer vaccine and took place at least eight weeks ago.

We have arranged for the van to return to Whiteknights exactly eight weeks since the beginning of term, which means most people who received their first dose then, will be eligible for their second dose this time around.

As before, the vaccine van will be located in the layby near the ICMA centre and will be operating daily between 10am and 4pm.

Book your vaccine appointment

In order to guarantee an appointment, please book as soon as possible. Opportunities for walk-in appointments on the day will be very limited.

We are also encouraging all eligible students to take up the offer of the seasonal flu jab, in order to further protect themselves from illness over the winter months.

Find out more about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Control measures on campus

We have been carefully reviewing the positive case numbers among students and staff, and while these remain low, it is important that we do not become complacent. Therefore, we will not be making any changes to our control measures on campus in the spring term. One-way systems will remain in place and the wearing of face coverings within shared indoor spaces will continue to be encouraged.

If you receive a positive test result, please let the University know by completing this form.

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