On this page you can find information on the Covid-19 vaccine including how to book, where to access a vaccination centre and other FAQs.
How to book
You can book your Covid-19 vaccine via the National Booking Service. You will need to be registered with a GP and have an NHS number. Anybody who has previously received treatment will have an NHS number and you can find this on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find your NHS number using this tool.
The National Booking Service allows you to view and change your appointments. The vaccine is most effective when patients have two doses - you will be able to make appointments to have doses in different parts of the country should you need to (i.e. dose one at your home address and dose two in Nottingham).
Please maintain social distancing and wear a face-covering when attending your appointment.
Getting your second dose
You can book your second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, eight to twelve weeks after receiving your first dose. Having two doses leads to a stronger, better immune response from your body and longer-lasting protection.
If you haven’t already, you can book your second Covid-19 vaccination dose online. If you had your first dose through your GP surgery, you’ll be contacted when it’s time to book. If you struggle with the booking call 119.
If you are registered with a GP, you will be able to book appointments at a vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites. You can find information about vaccination centres in Nottingham here.
While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, UK residents can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. You can find out more about GP registration at nhs.uk/register.
NHS guidance strongly advises patients to register with a practice close to where you spend most of the year, which will be your university address. To register with the practice you will need your Nottingham address.
You may register with the University of Nottingham Health Service (UNHS) if you are a:
- student on a course of a minimum of three months at The University of Nottingham living within our catchment area
- member of staff on a contract of at least six months and you live within our catchment area
- spouse, child or dependent of students and staff (as above)
If you have already received your vaccine because you are at higher risk of Covid-19, are on a placement as a frontline health or care worker, are an unpaid carer, or are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed, you should continue with your first and second doses as planned.
Vaccination is not mandatory in the UK or at the University of Nottingham. However, we encourage everyone to take up the offer of the vaccine when they become eligible. It is one of the best ways of keeping yourself and those around you safe.
Vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness in most people. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who have received the vaccine should continue to take recommended precautions such as regular testing to avoid infection. Even if you have been vaccinated, you could still spread Covid to others - testing is one of the ways we can help reduce transmission
International students can receive the vaccine by registering with a GP on arrival to the UK. This can be done by finding a GP practice locally or registering online. For students on University Park and Jubilee Campus the nearest practice is Cripps Medical Centre on University Park for students at Sutton Bonington it is Kegworth and Gotham Surgery.
Registering with a GP also means you can receive emergency care if you need it, and access health services quickly and easily while you're at university. Students who are not registered with a GP will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service when they become eligible for the vaccine.
If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQs section at the bottom of this page or call 119.
Students on health or social care placements
All students are encouraged to have a first dose of Covid-19 vaccination as soon as they are offered it. The FAQs section below explains how students can access second doses once they have moved away from home including students due to start health or social care placements.
Coronavirus vaccination status for travelling abroad
If you're planning to travel abroad, you may need to show proof that you're vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19). This is your COVID-19 vaccination status. Find out more about obtaining your vaccination status on the Government website.
Concerns about the Vaccine?
An innovative new website has been created to answer questions and concerns.
COVIDVAXfacts.info gathers information and evidence from independent experts working in the areas of immunology, vaccines and Covid-19. If anyone has concerns about the vaccine please feel free to talk to someone at a vaccination centre
Professor Kavita Vedhara from the School of Medicine at Nottingham, has led the team who put together the site.
She said: “There is a lot of information and misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines and it can be hard to know where to look and who to trust. We have tried to develop a 'one-stop shop' that will provide information about the most common issues raised by the UK public. Our aim is to give people the information that will help them make an informed choice. Having a Covid-19 vaccine is a choice and everyone deserves a chance to have access to the information that will help them make that choice.”
Advice for international students who may have had vaccines which aren’t approved by UK authorities
The guidance is to encourage students to register with a GP practice so that they can then access whatever third vaccine they may need or hopefully have their international vaccine converted to one that is recognised on the NHS App. They will only be able to do this if they are registered with a GP.
Paddy Tighe, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, and a member of the testing team explains why it's still important to get tested regularly even when people have been vaccinated
Vaccination is the most important defence against Covid-19. Take up the free vaccine when it is offered and remember to get both doses to ensure you are fully protected.