Clearing 2021

Vaccinations for Essex Students

The Coronavirus vaccination is now available and is free for anyone over the age of 18 in the UK. International students will also be eligible. As University Students we want to support you to get vaccinated in order to protect yourself, fellow students and the campus community you live and study within.

Research shows that vaccines:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants

If you are an international student planning on returning home and have had your 1st COVID-19 vaccination dose at least 21 days ago, you will be eligible to have your 2nd dose to complete your vaccination course before returning home. This can be done at a walk in clinic or when booking an appointment online.

We will be running NHS vaccination clinics on Colchester, Southend and Loughton campuses in the Autumn term during Freshers Week and Welcome Week for you to have your first or second vaccination and these will be detailed below.

Booking an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination or seeking advice

If you are a student of the University of Essex you can complete our Vaccination History form for us to ascertain your COVID-19 Vaccination history. We can use this to advise you on whether you require further vaccination doses and if eligible to book you an appointment at our vaccination clinics on campus during the Autumn term.

Any medical and confidential information shared will be stored on a secure database held by our Occupational Health team only for the purposes of ensuring you are supported with your NHS COVID-19 vaccination and will be retained for 1 year. Please note you do not require a COVID-19 vaccine to study at the University of Essex.

Vaccination History Form

Vaccination clinics

We are working with local NHS trusts to make vaccination clinics available locally to our Colchester, Southend and Loughton Campuses.

Colchester

Pfizer vaccine clinics:

Date and time Location  How to book
19 September 2021 10am-4pm
Greenstead Community Centre No booking required
19 September 2021 10am-6pm Colchester United FC No booking required
21 September 2021 to 26 September 2021 10am-6pm
Colchester United FC
No booking required 
22 September 2021 12pm-7pm Greenstead Community Centre
No booking required 
7 October 2021 Colchester Campus Complete the Vaccination history form
10 October 2021 10am-4pm Greenstead Community Centre
No booking required
21 October Colchester Campus  Complete the Vaccination history form 

Regular walk-in vaccination clinics are available in Colchester and available to find on the Suffolk and North East Essex Vaccination Service webpage.

Southend

Pfizer vaccine clinics:

Date and time  Location How to book
4 October 2021 London Road Unit, Southend Campus  Complete the Vaccination history form 
6 October 2021 London Road Unit, Southend Campus  Complete the Vaccination history form 
8 October 2021 London Road Unit, Southend Campus  Complete the Vaccination history form 

The local vaccination centre for Southend is based at the Cliffs Pavilion and is not available as a walk-in clinic and should be booked in advance. The address for this location is:

Cliffs Pavilion
Station Road
Southend-on-Sea
SS0 7RA

Further information about local vaccination clinics are available on NHS Essex Partnership University Trust Website.

Loughton

We will arrange COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus, which will be advertised here when confirmed.

The local vaccination centre for Loughton based at St Margaret’s Hospital is not available as a walk-in clinic and should be booked in advance. The address for this location is:

St Margaret’s Hospital
Spencer Close
The Plain
Epping
CM16 6TN

Further information about other local vaccination clinics and any popup sites are available on Herts and West Essex COVID-19 website.

Vaccination FAQs

The NHS has published a comprehensive set of FAQs below for University students but including advice regarding:

International students

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, international students can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. We encourage all students to register with a GP or you can book a vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service with your NHS number if you have previously received NHS treatment.

Received first vaccination dose overseas

If you 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.

The following three vaccines are currently available in the UK:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna

If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered. You should contact a GP to ensure you receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

Information about the vaccine

Do I need to be vaccinated in order to start my course at the University?

No, but we strongly encourage all students to get the vaccine if you are offered one in your home country.

Will the University be running a vaccination programme for students?

No, the vaccination programme is run by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). We are however working with our local NHS trust to provide some vaccination clinics on campus.

Can I purchase my vaccine in the UK to get it early?

No. The COVID-19 vaccines are not commercially available in the UK.

Can I choose which vaccine I have?

No not typically however, if you are pregnant, or think you might be, it is preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This is because they've been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.

If you are under the age of 40, you'll only be shown appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, and not for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. Visit the NHS website for more information.