Vaccination frequently asked questions
Why should I get a vaccine?
Research has shown the vaccines help:
reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from Covid-19 and reduce your risk of catching or spreading Covid-19
protect against Covid-19 variants.
There is a chance you might still get or spread Covid-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it's important to follow advice about how to avoid catching and spreading Covid-19.
97.9% of the population in the United Kingdom are now showing antibodies to Covid-19, from both infection and/or vaccination, compared to 18.9% that have antibodies from infection alone.
Which vaccines does the UK recognise and what should I do if I have had 1 or 2 vaccines which have been approved by WHO, but which the UK does not recognise?
At the moment the NHS App and UK Government only recognises vaccinations delivered under the UK regime or, for the purposes of travel, the EU or US regimes. If you have been vaccinated outside of the UK we strongly encourage you to register with a GP and give them your vaccination details. You can register with the University Medical Centre here. If you have had one dose of another vaccine, they should be able to advise you of which vaccine you need to have for your second dose.
What are the implications of being double vaccinated?
What should I do if I have had a positive Covid result in the 90 days prior to coming to University?
If you have had a positive test 90 days prior to arrival it is likely that you will return a positive test when tested on arrival. Please email Covidemail@example.com to let them know if this applies to you. They will ask you for some proof of your previous positive test.
At what point am I considered to be fully vaccinated?
In order for you to be considered fully vaccinated 14 days need to have elapsed since you had the second dose of the vaccine.
How can I prove I have been double vaccinated?
If you have been vaccinated under the UK vaccination regime you should download the NHS App for iPhone or Android Device and get your NHS COVID Pass through the app. You can save this to your Apple Wallet if you are using an iPhone.
For those vaccinated outside the UK vaccination regime you should register with a GP and give them your vaccination details. You can register with the University Medical Centre here. At present these details do not feed through to the NHS app but we understand this is being worked on.
Will I need to be double vaccinated in order to attend University?
No. Although we strongly encourage you to take up the offer of a vaccine, we do not require this in order for you to start your studies. You should note that there may be some other venues which do require you to be fully vaccinated in order to attend.
I have received a non-MHRA jab overseas do I need a top-up in the UK and why?
Recipients of a vaccination which is not recognised by the UK authorities should contact their GP or a clinician at a vaccination centre to discuss whether further vaccination is appropriate.
Public Health England have issued guidance for clinicians who need to decide whether to provide further vaccination to individuals vaccinated outside the UK.
If a person has received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose, provided they meet UK eligibility criteria
If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered.
Is getting a top-up/mixing vaccines from overseas safe?
If I get a top-up will I be recognised as fully vaccinated and can I apply for vaccine certification?
For travel certification purposes, the NHS Covid Pass will only show 2 vaccine doses - the first and last vaccine dose an individual has received. Mixed doses, including of MHRA vaccines, currently do not qualify for relaxed health measures at the UK border.
How can I be recognised as vaccine certified? When will be recognised as vaccine certified?
An individual is fully vaccinated 14 days after completing a full course of an MHRA- authorised vaccine, whether that requires two doses or one dose (according to the MHRA authorised schedule). The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.
Who can I ask if I have questions about the vaccine?
Students should be directed to nhs.uk/covid-vaccination for more information about the Covid-19 vaccine. Students should be directed to www.gov.uk for information on Covid restrictions.
Halls of Residence and Social Activities
What are the rules for large scale events at the University?
For larger events organised by Loughborough Students' Union or the University please follow the rules you are provided with by the event organiser. The University is unlikely to require proof of vaccination for access to events it is running. We equally expect that students will not be required to demonstrate proof of vaccine for social events in halls of residence.
Will staff at the University know if I have been vaccinated?
No. The University doesn’t have access to personal medical information such as this. If you provide us with this we will treat it in accordance with our Data Protection Policy.