Wednesday 23 June 2021

UG and PGT students email

Subject: Covid-19 update: covid cases, self-isolation and vaccinations

Dear students,

I am sorry to say positive cases of Covid-19 continue to rise in York (both on and off campus) and many students are having to self-isolate. I urge you to be careful and continue to follow the guidelines of hands, face, space and fresh air.

Any student in University accommodation who finds they must isolate beyond the end of their contract should get in touch with to discuss staying at no extra cost. The City of York Council have written to private landlords in the city and asked them to be equally understanding so if you need to isolate, you should contact your landlord and explain the situation.

For those heading home please test before you travel. You can book a slot at the testing centre, get a home test kit delivered or pick one up from your College reception. If you test positive, you should isolate and complete the self-isolation reporting form which then gives you access to all the support available.

There will be an on-campus vaccine clinic next Tuesday 29 June and possibly another on Thursday 1 July. If you completed the pre-registration form and there are slots available, you will be contacted via email or text message and invited to book.

However, I strongly encourage you to take up the offer of an NHS covid vaccination as soon as you can, wherever you can. If you don’t receive a message or did not complete the pre-registration form for the campus clinic, you should book your vaccine through the NHS.

Please note: If you are self-isolating or have had a positive covid test within the last four weeks you must not attend any vaccine clinic.

NHS England have produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students. These FAQs address student concerns such as how to get vaccinated when you may be in different places for your first and second jabs. They also address questions international students may have about vaccine eligibility and the mixing of different vaccines (1st dose / 2nd dose).

Please continue to follow all guidelines and look after yourself as well as one another.

Best wishes

Charlie Jeffery