ENGLAND’S top doctor is urging students not yet vaccinated to get their Covid jab in freshers’ week with dozens of universities setting up pop-up clinics and walk-in centres as the new academic year begins.
Prof Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, is reminding freshers getting the life-saving jab would give them the best possible protection against coronavirus.
In a drive to get as many young adults jabbed as possible, many universities are setting up pop-clinics during welcome week.
A walk-in finder on the NHS website allows students or anyone who is eligible to enter their postcode and find their nearest centre for both first and second doses.
Everyone aged 18 and over is also able to book an appointment through the National Booking Service, and the second dose can be given in a different location to the first as long as eight weeks have passed.
Students can easily book their second jab at a pharmacy, GP practice or vaccination centre in their new town or city.
Prof Powis said: “It is fantastic to see the enthusiasm from young people with more than 3.4million people aged between 18 and 24 already having their first jab.”
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid said it was the best way for students to protect themselves and their communities.
He said: “Starting university is one of the most significant moments in the lives of millions of people every year – and having your jab could be one of the most important things you do to ensure you get the best out of it.”
He added the life-saving vaccine was making the difference in a return to a more normal life with 230,800 hospitalisations and 24million cases prevented.
After receiving their first dose, students will have their vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in their second dose appointment using the National Booking System.
Freshers should also make sure they register with a GP in their new home if they have moved away for university.
As per JCVI guidance, 16 and 17 year olds are being offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine at walk-in centres across the country.