29 July 2021

International taught student email

Further clarification regarding vaccinations

Dear students,

Following my recent email regarding the 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. Although it is not currently a requirement to have the Covid-19 vaccination to enter, re-enter or remain in the UK, we are 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 you otherwise, we strongly encourage you to get an NHS Covid-19 vaccination, or the equivalent vaccination in your home country. If you’ve had a first jab we also advise 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 in the UK). 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.

Vaccinations in the UK

Currently, anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. We will have vaccination clinics on campus and you will be eligible to receive your first or second vaccination, no matter which country you are from.

Please do not worry if you have a vaccination in your home country that does not appear on the list of approved UK vaccines (appendix 1 of this document) - the UK government will match overseas vaccines to the UK vaccines where possible. If you have already received one dose in your home country but are due to travel to the UK, you will receive a second of the same or a matched one based on an equivalent vaccine technology. If you have received both doses in your home country and your vaccine is not listed, you will be able to access a full course of an appropriate vaccine here in York.

If you’re not yet old enough to be eligible for your vaccination when you arrive in York, please don’t worry. The pop-up vaccination clinics will be on campus throughout 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.

For those of you who are currently in the UK and 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.

Further advice and guidance

NHS England (the UK’s national healthcare service) has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you might find useful. Once on campus, you may 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