Covid-19 Vaccinations

At the University we are encouraging all students to get vaccinated as it is the most effective way to ensure that everyone at the University is protected from Covid-19.

This guidance has been put together to help you access vaccinations and provide essential information about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Please can you fill in the below questionnaire so we can work with the NHS to facilitate pop up vaccination centres and produce anonymous headline data reports. This data will help us in our Covid response working alongside NHS and Public Health.

https://www.beds.ac.uk/return-to-campus-questionnaire/

Click here to view the full NHS guidance about Covid-19 vaccines.

The NHS also has information and advice about vaccines in general here.

If you’re worried that you may have Covid-19 you can contact your GP for health advice or contact the NHS urgent health advice service.

You can contact the service via phone by calling 111 or visiting the 111 website. Translators are available on request.

If you’re Deaf and want to use the phone service, you can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language service available in your country:

You can also call 18001 111 on a textphone.

Covid-19 vaccines are currently available for:

  • everyone aged 16 or over
  • some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it

Currently if you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

If you are worried about the vaccine because of any existing medical issues you feel could interfere with the vaccination, you should contact your GP for help and advice or phone 111.

We recently talked with Abbe Robertson, NHS Bedfordshire's Associate Director of Vaccination Sites, about why students should get vaccinated. 

You can listen to her interview below, simply click play on the video player:

What you need to know about vaccines:

  • Vaccines protect you and others from many serious and potentially deadly diseases.
  • Vaccines protect other people in your community by stopping diseases spreading to people with weakened immune systems.
  • Vaccines undergo rigorous safety testing before being introduced and are constantly monitored as they are used.
  • Vaccines sometimes cause mild side effects that disappear within a few days.
  • If enough people are vaccinated vaccines can help to prevent or even get rid of some diseases.

Why vaccines are important

Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health. They prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year.

Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or are seen very rarely.

Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.

However, if people stop having vaccines, it's possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the biggest threats to global health.

Vaccine hesitancy is where people with access to vaccines delay or refuse vaccination.

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