Vaccination frequently asked questions

General questions

Why should I get a vaccine?

Anyone who catches Covid-19 can become seriously ill and may also suffer long-term effects of the disease (long Covid). The Covid-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.  

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?

Being double vaccinated under the UK vaccination regime means that you will not need to isolate if someone in your household or who is a close contact has tested positive. You will still need to have a PCR test though. You can do so through Connect and Protect. More details are available here.

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 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.

Where can I get vaccinated?

You can book online online via the NHS website. You do not have to have both doses in the same location.

The University is also hosting a number of pop-up vaccination clinics on the Loughborough campus. Further details are available on the Covid Vaccinations webpage.

International vaccinations

I have received a non-MHRA jab overseas do I need a top-up in the UK and why?

All authorised vaccines are available free of charge across the UK, regardless of nationality, residency or immigration status and are available from thousands of vaccine centres, GP practices and pharmacies.  

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?

Recipients of a vaccination outside the UK, should contact a GP or a clinician at a vaccination centre to discuss whether further vaccination is appropriate. Clinicians will only advise additional vaccination where this is safe.  

If I get a top-up will I be recognised as fully vaccinated and can I apply for vaccine certification?

Current clinical guidance advises that individuals should not seek to receive a further course of vaccination on top of their vaccines unless explicitly advised. The primary purpose of receiving a vaccination is to ensure individuals are provided with health protection against Covid-19.  

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?

Currently only people fully vaccinated under the UK government vaccination programme can be certified using the NHS Covid Pass. The NHS Covid Pass is available to those who are resident in England with an NHS number. GP registration is required to access the Covid Pass via the NHS App.  

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?

If international students have further questions regarding vaccines, they should consult 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. Students can also read about being an international student in England during the pandemic.  

Students should be directed to for more information about the Covid-19 vaccine. Students should be directed to for information on Covid restrictions.  

Halls of Residence and Social Activities

What are the full rules for getting into nightclubs?

You should check with the venue on their entry requirements, but in any case you should download the NHS App for iPhone or Android Device and get your NHS COVID Pass through the app. This will show your vaccination status and your test results.

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.