Everyone aged 16 or over in England is being offered a Covid-19 vaccination, and we’re encouraging all students to have both doses to keep our community safe.
The Covid-19 vaccine is our best defence against the virus, and having two vaccinations protects your family, friends and our BCU community, as well as reducing the chance of you being seriously ill.
You can book a vaccination appointment at a local centre that’s convenient to you, and you can book both appointments at the same time. If you’ve already booked, you might be able to move your second dose forward.
Prefer to walk in? Walk-in vaccination centres are located around Birmingham and Solihull.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination?
Do I need to wait for an invitation to book my appointment?
No, students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites through the National Booking Service website or by phoning 119.
While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, you can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.
When booking, you will need your name, date of birth and NHS number. You can find your NHS number here.
Do I need to book an appointment?
You can book an appointment in advance or choose to take advantage of walk-in appointments at a number of locations. For information on walk-in appointments in Birmingham and Solihull, visit the Birmingham and Solihull vaccine website. Just look out for which sites are offering the Pfizer vaccine.
Can I choose which vaccine I want?
No, vaccines are being given based on availability, except for when a patient’s medical history means a specific vaccine must be used. Any vaccines that are available will have been approved by the medicine regulatory authorities so you should be assured that whatever vaccine you are offered, it is safe and effective.
The Pfizer vaccine is generally recommended for those under 40.
What do I do if I am registered with a GP in my hometown, but not where I study, or vice versa?
You can book both appointments online through the National Booking Service at a location that is convenient to you, or book a first dose through your GP and a second dose in a different location through the National Booking Service.
Can I book my second or third dose in a different location to where I had my first dose?
Students can receive their second or third dose in a different location to their first dose if appropriate to their circumstances. The National Booking Service has an option to book or re-arrange the vaccination appointment at a different location.
If you had a first dose in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but you are in England at the time of your second or third dose, you should either
- Book through the National Booking Service (if you are registered with a GP in England and therefore have an English NHS number);
- Register with a GP in England and book an appointment that way; or
- Approach a local GP and ask to be vaccinated as an unregistered patient.
Can students due to start a health or social care placement be vaccinated before their placement starts?
All adults in the UK aged 16 or over should have been offered two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Anyone who starts working in the NHS or in social care and has not been vaccinated should be offered the vaccination through occupational health departments, or be aware of where they can access the vaccination through their employer. Alternatively they can book an appointment through the National Booking Service or visit a walk-in centre.
What if I am eligible for my first dose in England, but will be abroad for my second dose (e.g overseas placement)?
You should contact the health service in the country where you will be a resident at the time the second dose is due.
Are international students eligible for the vaccination?
Anybody aged 16 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.
Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?
Nobody in England has to pay for the Covid-19 vaccination. The Covid-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.
International students or anyone who sees requests for payment should report this activity to the University and to Action Fraud.
Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination?
While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.
How does an international student get an NHS number?
International students can approach their local GP practice, saying they would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.
Are any dependents of international students also eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?
Anybody aged 16 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free.
How does an international student get a vaccine?
International students should register with a GP and get an NHS number. An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can find your NHS number here.
While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. Visit nhs.uk/register for more information on GP registration.
If an international student is not registered with a GP, will they still be invited for their vaccination?
Students who are not registered with a GP will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service. We encourage all students to register with a GP at nhs.uk/register.
However, international students can book their vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service with their NHS number if they have previously received NHS treatment. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.
What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?
If you have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the advice on the Government website (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance).
You should contact a GP to ensure you receive an appropriate vaccine for your second dose.