Thursday 29 July 2021

Home taught student email

Further clarification regarding vaccinations

Dear students,

Following my recent email on the planned return to in-person teaching on campus in September, some of you have been in touch with additional questions regarding vaccinations. You may also have seen some coverage in the news on this, following comments by the Prime Minister and others. I hope that this email will help to further clarify the situation at the University.

Our planned return to in-person teaching has been made possible by the success of the vaccine rollout in the UK. Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is one of the best ways we can look after ourselves and each other and ensure the full in-person experience we would all like to see on campus. That’s why we're currently asking our staff and students to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

As soon as you're eligible and unless your doctor has advised otherwise, we strongly encourage you to get an NHS Covid-19 vaccination. If you’ve had a first jab, we would also encourage you to get a second jab as soon as you can. In most cases this should be possible - and is strongly recommended - before you return to campus in September (the gap between first and second jabs has now been reduced to eight weeks). This will help to protect you and your university friends, and support us to keep campus open. It will also ensure you can access sports, music and social venues if the Government decides to introduce vaccine requirements.

If you’re not yet eligible for your vaccination, please don’t worry. We’ll be running pop-up vaccination clinics on campus in the Autumn Term for those who are able to have the vaccine, and we will contact you directly to let you know when these are available for booking.

If you’re about to turn 18, please also keep an eye on the national booking system and local walk-in sites, as anyone within three months of their 18th birthday will also soon be eligible for a vaccine.

In the meantime, NHS England has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you might find useful. If you haven’t yet, you may also wish to download the NHS App so you can generate a Covid Pass which some social venues in York and beyond may start using later this year.

I look forward to welcoming you back to campus in September.

Best wishes