COVID 19 Information & Updates

It's important that you are registered with a doctor while you study at City so you can get medical care if you need it.

Stay at home if you’re unwell - If you feel unwell but don’t have Covid-19 symptoms, or your Covid-19 test is negative, you may still have an illness which could be passed on to other people.

Book regular Covid-19 tests - to reduce the spread of the virus and keep all people on campus safe, it is advised that you take asymptomatic tests twice a week to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 – even if you have been double vaccinated. You should only come onto campus if you have received a negative result. You can access free lateral flow tests by:

These lateral flow tests are for anyone without symptoms - if you do have any symptoms of Covid-19 please book your test through the NHS and let us know by completing this form.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, get a test as soon as possible and stay at home until you get the result.

Please also let us know by completing this form.

The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • you're not sure what to do

Call 119 or 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to the Student Health Service GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

What to do if your test is positive

Stay at home, self-isolate and please confirm your positive PCR test with us as soon as possible by completing this form.

When and how do I get my COVID-19 Vaccine?

Guidance from OfS

COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered to everyone aged 18 and over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

Students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a larger vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites through the National Booking Service External link or by phoning 119.

You should register with a GP practice if you have not already done so. Those who are registered with a GP will receive an invitation to be vaccinated from their GP practice. Individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

International students

You will not be charged for vaccination against COVID-19. Students should make sure they are registered with a GP, who will contact them directly to book their vaccine via an online or telephone system when it is appropriate to do so. Information on booking coronavirus vaccination appointments is available.

Find out more via the COVID-19 vaccination FAQs for students in higher education institutions which has been published by NHS England and provides a range of important information.

Guidance for students who have had Covid vaccines outside of the UK

If you are coming to City from abroad and have already had either a partial or full course of Covid vaccination in another country, you may need a further vaccine once you arrive in the UK.  This will depend on which vaccine you have received.  In all cases, please ensure that there has been 8 weeks or more between the last vaccine given abroad before you attend a vaccine centre in the UK.

If you have had a full course of any of the following vaccines you do not need a further vaccine on arrival into the UK:

  • AstraZeneca/Vaxzeveria
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Institute of India/Covisheild
  • Moderna
  • Novavax
  • Janessen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Gamaleya natonal Centre of Epidemiology & Microbiology/ Sputnik V

If you have had an incomplete course of any of the above, please attend a Covid vaccination clinic for a further vaccine.

If you have had one or two doses of any of the following vaccines, you will require a further vaccine. Please attend a Covid vaccination clinic for a further vaccine on arrival into the UK:

  • Sinopharm (*see below)
  • Sinovac/CoronaVac
  • Gamaleya natonal Centre of Epidemiology & Microbiology/Sputnik Light
  • CanSino Biologics/Convidecia
  • Bharat Biotech/Covaxin

*If you have had three doses of Sinopharm, you do not need any further vaccine in the UK.