Covid-19 update: Easter, Summer Term and vaccinations
As part of the UK Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, either two households or six people can now gather outdoors and in private gardens, as long as you maintain social distancing. I know so many of you have been patiently waiting for the gradual easing of restrictions, which enables us all to plan and look forward to some more meaningful opportunities to see friends again.
This part of the roadmap also means outdoor sports facilities are reopening and organised outdoor sports can restart, following the appropriate Covid safety measures. Our outdoor-based GSA Sports Sessions, York Sport Union Clubs and College Clubs plan to resume activity next week from 6 April 2021.
There is lots going on over the Easter break. The library remains open and there are a number of online events and workshops planned. Find out what’s on offer and the support available to you, wherever you are. And remember, if you plan to travel to another part of the UK, the Government advises you to take two rapid results covid tests before you go and when you return.
By now you should have received your Summer Term timetable. In my last email, I detailed the arrangements for next term and explained that for many, teaching is likely to remain online in accordance with government guidelines. You will find more information about the Summer Term arrangements on the Covid website.
Next steps - testing
We are hoping for good news on 12 April when the Government plans to announce whether the country is in the position to move to Stage 2 on the roadmap out of lockdown.
When restrictions ease further and we are able to offer more in-person activities on campus, it will be even more important for you to participate in regular rapid results Covid testing. All students using campus facilities should get tested twice weekly. We have made this as easy as possible for you, on Campus East and West.
As mentioned above, if you are away from York over Easter, you should take part in rapid results testing when you return, once immediately upon arrival and then again three days later.
Vaccine programme - make sure you are registered
Thirty million people in the UK have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine and the Government plans to have all adults vaccinated at least once by the end of July 2021. If you are currently living in the UK (even if you are an international student), you are entitled to free Covid-19 vaccinations. However, you must be registered with a doctor/general practitioner (GP).
If you are living on campus, or in the surrounding area, you can register with Unity Health on Campus East. This is a free and easy online process. If you are living in another area of York or elsewhere in the UK, you can use the online Find a GP service. Make sure you are registered now so that when the vaccine becomes available for your age group, you will get a notification.
Unfortunately, as we have all learned this year, things can change and there may be setbacks that affect the roadmap timetable. To help keep to that timetable we all need to follow the rules so we can enjoy more freedoms as soon as possible.
Lastly - we want your feedback
In 2023/24, we plan to move from three terms (Autumn, Spring and Summer) to two semesters. We believe this will be better for students but we want to know what you think. Please give us your feedback (note, you will need to login with your University username and password).
I do hope you are having a safe, enjoyable break and that you continue to look out for yourselves and each other.