Update for students - 22 July 2021
Covid vaccinations and the self-isolation rules
This message is for those students who will be returning to the University after the summer vacation
We hope you are enjoying the summer break and are able to relax a little after such a challenging year.
As part of its Covid roadmap, the Government has announced that from 16 August the self-isolation rules will change for those who have received both doses of the Covid vaccination. While you will still need to self-isolate for 10 days if you test positive for Covid, you will no longer have to isolate if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
This means that if you are fully vaccinated before you return to the University, you would be able to continue attending classes, taking part in sport or other leisure activities, mixing with others and making the most of your university experience if you are identified as a close contact.
We recommend that you arrange to have your vaccinations as soon as possible. The vaccines are given in two doses, with the second dose given 8 to 12 weeks after the first. Two doses will provide you with stronger and longer-lasting protection. Further information about the vaccines is available on the NHS website.
Booking your vaccinations
Students who are currently based in the UK
If you are registered with a GP surgery, you can book your vaccination through the NHS website or with your GP.
If you are unable to get your second vaccine, or either of them, before you come back to the University, you will be able to receive them in Loughborough.
Students who are currently based overseas
You will be able to receive the vaccine free of charge in England.
To book a vaccine in the UK we recommend that you register with a GP and get an NHS number, if you haven’t already done so. You can register with the on-campus Medical Centre or find an alternative surgery. If you’re not registered, however, you can still book a vaccination through a GP surgery as an unregistered patient.
If you have already received a first dose of the Covid vaccine outside of the UK and need to have your second dose when you arrive in the UK, your GP will be able to advise you on which vaccine would be appropriate for you to have.
Over the summer we will be continuing with our preparations for the next academic year and considering the implications of the Government’s Covid guidance on life at the University.
It is our intention that teaching in person will remain at the heart of the student experience at Loughborough. Further information about the delivery of your course can be found online. Our website also has information on support, your health and wellbeing, Covid testing and any safety measures that are likely to be in place at the University at the start of the academic year. Please do take a look before you return.
We look forward to seeing you again next term.