After months of patiently waiting, it is great news that everyone over the age of 18 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as some parts of Scotland, is now able to book their Covid-19 vaccination, meaning all Exeter students are eligible for a vaccine now. This means that we are even closer to a return to normality, with the easing of coronavirus restrictions due to take place in the near future.
We encourage all of our students who are able to get the vaccine to book your first dose as soon as possible. We have summarised some of the key information, and how to book, below. You can also go to the university website for their update on Covid-19 vaccinations.
We understand there is incredibly high demand for vaccination slots at the moment, so please be patient – you’re nearly there!
How do I book my vaccine?
Booking your vaccine is quick and easy. You will need to make your booking through the NHS booking system, and here you will be able to book both your first and second doses of the vaccine.
Your second dose will need to be 8-12 weeks after your first dose, and this is automatically calculated for you on the website when you book.
It does not matter if you will not be in the same location for your first and second doses, as you will be able to book them at different vaccine centres. For example, many of our students will be able to get their first dose in Exeter and will have their second dose at their home address.
When you book, you will be asked for your NHS number. This is a 10 digit number, and can be found on any letter from the NHS, on a prescription, or through your GP’s online service. Don’t worry if you don’t know your NHS number, you can still continue to book your vaccine.
Once you have filled in your personal details, including your name, date of birth, and address, you will then be able to book your nearest slot at your closest vaccine centre.
If you are self-isolating due to a positive Covid-19 test, or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you must continue to isolate and will need to cancel and reschedule your vaccine appointment.
If you have tested positive for Covid-19, either currently or in the last month, the NHS advise that you should wait at least 4 weeks from the day of your test result before booking an appointment. Please bear this in behind when booking.
Where is the Exeter vaccination centre and how do I get there?
The vaccination centre for Exeter is located at Greendale Business Park in Woodbury Salterton, EX5 1EW.
You can get to the centre by bus via the Number 9 bus from Exeter Bus Station that runs every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can travel by car in less than 30 minutes, and there is parking on site.
You can find more information on travelling to the centre via the university website, where each of the journeys has been summarised for you.
What happens then?
When you go to have your vaccine, make sure to bring a face covering unless you are otherwise exempt, and have your booking reference number to hand.
The vaccine appointment itself will only take around 30-45 minutes.
You might be asked to wait 15 minutes after having the vaccine to check that you have not had a serious reaction. This is quite unlikely and is merely a precautionary measure to ensure you are safe to travel home following your jab.
Once you are free and able to leave, that’s it! Your first dose is then completed, and you will be able to return or go to an alternative vaccination centre for your second dose around 8-12 weeks later.
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For further information on the vaccine, you can find some FAQs for students here.