Find out about getting a Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine if you’re a Sussex student.
Reasons to get vaccinated
Getting your Covid-19 vaccination as soon as you can should protect you. It may also help to protect your family and those you care for, as well as others in the Sussex community.
The Covid-19 vaccination should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives, and will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services. It will also help us all avoid further lockdowns.
We strongly encourage all students to take part in the vaccination programme against Covid-19, in line with government guidance.
Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine
In England, the Covid-19 vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.
Getting the vaccine on campus
The NHS is now offering the Covid-19 vaccine at a pop-up site on the University of Sussex campus.
To get the vaccination, you need to be a student – of any age – at the University of Sussex.
You don’t need to be registered with the campus Health Centre.
You don’t need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
Use our online form to express your interest in being invited to the pop-up clinic on campus.
You will need to provide your:
- date of birth
- NHS number – if you don’t know it, find your NHS number
- mobile phone number.
Use the form to express an interest in having the vaccine only if you consent to your personal data being shared with the GP practice that will administer the vaccine.
Important: You’re asked to express your interest in advance so the NHS can ensure there are sufficient vaccines on site on the day. As the vaccine cannot be moved repeatedly, it is really important we monitor demand so the NHS moves only the right number of vaccines and doesn’t waste this precious resource.
Please do not book a vaccine appointment or come to the vaccination site if:
- you have tested positive for Covid-19 at any time since 21 May 2021
- you have any Covid-19 symptoms
- you are isolating because someone in your household has Covid-19 (even if you have had a negative test).
Where and when
The location is Dine Central, level 1, Bramber House.
Dates and times are:
- Friday 18 June 2021, 1pm-6pm
- Saturday 19 June 2021, 10am-6pm.
Don’t forget to bring a face covering with you.
How the vaccine is given
The Covid-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.
The currently available vaccines are given as two doses. You will have the second dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the first dose.
You will be invited to have your second dose of the same vaccine at the same location. You can arrange your second vaccine elsewhere, if vaccine stocks in the UK allow, using the National Booking Service or call 119 after you have had your first vaccine.
If you cannot get to campus
If you are unable to be vaccinated on this occasion, don’t worry – the NHS will be offering other vaccination clinics in the coming weeks.
If you are registered with a GP in England, you will be invited to have the vaccination. You may receive an invitation to book at a large vaccination centre or community pharmacy-led site. This could be online or by calling 119.
If you are not registered with a GP, the NHS will not have your contact details and will not be able to proactively contact you.
Alternatively, you can approach a GP practice and ask to be vaccinated as an unregistered patient.
After you’ve had the vaccine
Even when you have received both doses of the vaccine, you must continue to follow government and University of Sussex guidance on social distancing, handwashing and wearing a face covering.
You could potentially still contract Covid-19 following a vaccination and then transmit the virus to people who have not been vaccinated.
See Covid-19 University health and safety guidance before coming on to campus.
We recommend that even once you have been vaccinated, you still get tested until official guidance changes.
Treating others with respect
We recognise that the Covid-19 vaccination programme could be divisive and may lead to the expression of strong opinions with differing views.
We expect you to display behaviours in line with the Dignity and Respect Policy at all times.
Our position on vaccinations
The University of Sussex’s position on vaccination is that it is in favour of vaccinations as an effective means of protecting public and individual health. We strongly encourage all members of the University who are able to do so, to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and other diseases.
At any University vaccination centre run in partnership with the NHS, vaccinations appropriate to the age of the target population will be offered.
As an institution, we are committed to the highest standards of research.
If you have concerns about your suitability for a vaccine or about the vaccination programme, we recommend you contact your doctor or the NHS 111 helpline.
Vaccination status data is classed as private health data and at this time we have decided not to store this data.
If or when the government guidance changes with regard to vaccination data, we will consider whether there is a legitimate requirement to store this information.