Health Safety

Get vaccinated against COVID-19 to keep yourself and others safe

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COVID-19 hasn’t gone away and we need to do everything we can to keep ourselves and others safe.

Get vaccinated

Getting both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine gives you the best protection against coronavirus. We encourage all students and staff to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

A COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19. Vaccinated people are much more unlikely to get serious COVID-19 or be admitted to hospital, and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others. You’ll need to get two doses for maximum protection. 

Everyone in the UK aged 16 and over is eligible to receive the vaccine for free – including EU and international students. If necessary, you can have your first and second vaccine doses at different locations.

Remember that you need to be registered with a GP before you can get your vaccination, so we encourage you to register with a local GP if you have not already done so to avoid any potential delays.

To make it easier to get your jab, we’ll be running a walk-in vaccination clinic during the Welcome period:

  • Monday, 20 – Friday, 24 September, 11am–4pm: Whitworth Hall (in ground floor corridor)
  • Monday – Thursday throughout September, 3–7pm: Manchester Town Hall (in Rates Hall on ground floor)

You can get more information on getting your vaccine on our COVID-19 vaccination and testing webpage. 

Test regularly 

Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, we encourage everyone to keep up with regular testing twice a week about three to four days apart.  It is even more important to keep testing as once you are vaccinated you are more likely to be asymptomatic – infection will be harder to identify without testing. 

You can access free, rapid lateral flow tests for yourself and your household to use – testing kits will be available from catering outlets on campus as they reopen, or you can order your tests online

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive, you’re legally required to self-isolate and not come to campus for ten days. Find out more in our self-isolation guidance for students.

Stay safe

We also encourage you to continue to follow our guidance to help us get back to normal and keep our campus community safe: 

  • Wash hands and use hand sanitiser regularly. Sanitiser will be available at the main entrances of all campus buildings.
  • We strongly recommend everyone wears a face covering while moving around indoors on campus. We expect that you will wear face coverings in lecture theatres and large teaching spaces, and they may be required in other areas – this will be indicated by clear signage. Face coverings will be available in all teaching spaces and other locations around campus.
  • Social distancing is no longer legally required, however please continue to follow any safety signage and guidance you receive from staff, both in teaching settings and elsewhere around campus.

Thank you for doing your bit to help keep our campus and our community safe.