# Get a vaccine at Coventry University
One of the best ways we can all help keep ourselves and each other safe during the pandemic is by getting our COVID-19 vaccinations: the more of us who do so, the better protected our students, colleagues and wider communities will be.
To make accessing a vaccine as easy as possible, a pop-up vaccination clinic will operate on our Coventry campus from Sunday 5 September, offering first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those who are yet to receive them. Vaccinations are provided free of charge as part of the UK’s wider vaccination programme.
Run by our on-campus medical centre, the pop-up clinic will be based in the George Eliot Building (Room GE03) opposite The Hub, and open regularly throughout each week. You can check the latest opening times on the Coventry University Medical Centre (opens new window) website.
# Am I eligible for the vaccine?
Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. There is more information for all students, including international students, in the NHS COVID-19 vaccination FAQs: students in Higher Education Institutions document (opens new window).
# How can I use the pop-up clinic on campus?
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine from any walk-in site, including the pop-up centre on our Coventry campus, without an appointment. You do not need to be registered with a GP or bring any ID, although it might help to bring your NHS number, if you know it.
Although not required to receive the vaccine, registration with a local doctor (GP) – such as the Coventry University Medical Centre (opens new window) – is encouraged. It will mean you can book an appointment to receive your vaccine at a time and location to suit you (either via your GP or online through the National Booking Service (opens new window)), and ensure you can access a full range of medical services. You can register with a local doctor online (opens new window), or staff at the pop-up clinic will be able to provide advice on registering with the practice on the day if requested.
# Why should I get vaccinated?
Vaccinations give you and those around you the best protection against COVID-19: vaccinated people are less likely to inadvertently spread COVID-19 to people they are in contact with. The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.
In addition, adults in England who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are now no longer required to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with a positive case – as long as they received their final dose of an MHRA-approved vaccine in the UK vaccination programme at least 14 days previously. This means there is less chance of you needing to self-isolate if you have been fully vaccinated, reducing the potential for disruption to your daily life.
We hope you will find that the pop-up facility in Coventry provides a useful option if you have yet to receive both your vaccinations, and thank you for doing everything you can to protect yourselves and each other as we strive to provide a safe environment for all those using our campuses.