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All students, including international students, can access both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for free. Find out more on the NHS website.
The University is hosting an NHS ‘Health on the Move’ van on campus for first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine on the following dates from 10am to 6pm:
- Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 September
- Sunday 26 September
- Monday 4 – Thursday 7 October
The van will be located in the layby in front of the ICMA Centre on Whiteknights campus.
The van will be returning to campus 8 weeks later to deliver follow-up doses, details of which will be confirmed later.
Who can get a vaccine on campus?
All students and staff over the age of 18 can receive their first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on campus, including international students. You need to allow at least 8 weeks from your first dose before receiving your second.
If you have received a first dose of a different vaccine (for example, Moderna or AstraZeneca) you should
book your second dose through the NHS website.
You do not need an NHS number or to be registered with a GP to receive your vaccine.
You must not break your self-isolation to visit a vaccination centre, if you are self-isolating due to having symptoms, testing positive, or being identified as a close contact. Likewise, if you are in quarantine having travelled overseas, you must complete your full period of self-isolation before visiting a vaccination centre.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 28 days, you should wait 28 days from the date you had the test before you get vaccinated.
How to get a vaccine on campus
Please book an appointment in advance through our booking system. If you haven’t pre-booked, a small number of doses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day – so you can drop in.
You will be required to wear a face covering for the duration of your appointment. You should also bring your University of Reading student Campus Card. Those who have had one dose of the vaccine should bring the vaccination card they received at their first appointment.
The vaccine will be given by trained healthcare professionals inside the NHS ‘Health on the Move’ van, located in the layby in front of the ICMA Centre. Healthcare professionals and wellbeing teams will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have.
How long will the appointment take?
Please allow around 20 minutes for your appointment. You should arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time and wait for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine. You will be asked to wear a face covering throughout the appointment.
The University will not keep a record of your vaccination status and will therefore not be able to access or use any personal information about your vaccination status.
Getting your vaccine elsewhere
Students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a vaccination centre, a community pharmacy site, or at some GP sites through the National Booking Service website or by phoning 119. You can find your NHS number using this tool.
You can book appointments for your first and second dose online through the NHS at a location convenient to you. You can choose to have your first and second doses in different locations if you need to. On the NHS booking website there is an option to book or re-arrange the second vaccination appointment at a different location to the first appointment if needed.
While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, you can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments at an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.
Visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination for more information about the COVID-19 vaccination.