Vaccinations for Students: Staying Safe & Healthy

Published by University of Bedfordshire

We want you to enjoy your university experience and to do this with a reduced risk of becoming unwell from a number of illnesses including Coronavirus.

To support you in getting the Coronavirus vaccine, if you wish to do so, be it your first or second the University is opening walk-in vaccination centres from the 17th September.

Getting a vaccination at one of our walk in sites is easy, you don’t need to be registered with a GP or have booked a prior appointment, all you need is your NHS number.  If you are worried when you visit one of our vaccination centres, rest assured that we have vaccine ‘reassurers’ on hand to provide support and advice to anyone receiving their vaccine.

If you are worried about the vaccine because of any existing medical issues you feel could interfere with the vaccination, you should contact your GP for help and advice or phone 111.

If you would prefer to book an appointment rather than just walking in you can use the University’s booking service.  

Dates and times of our vaccinations centres are as follows:


Luton Campus (Ground floor at the Campus Centre near Careers and Innovations & Enterprise)
Saturday 18 September – 10am – 4pm
Monday 20 September – 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 21 September – 10am – 4pm
Monday 4 October – 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 5 October – 10am- 4pm

Bedford Campus (Ground floor at Campus Centre, outside the theatre)
Saturday 18 September – 10am – 4pm
Wednesday 22 September – 10am – 4pm
Thursday 23 September – 10am – 4pm
Wednesday 6 October – 10am – 4pm
Thursday 7 October – 10am – 4pm

Each vaccination station will have three tables set out with three chairs, and approximately 30 chairs to provide a ‘waiting area’.

Once you have received your vaccine you may be asked to wait for 15 minutes before leaving, so that medical staff can monitor any potential side effects.  For more information about the Covid-19 vaccine click here.

Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are effective methods of reducing the risk of becoming unwell from coronavirus. 

All adults aged 18 or over can now be vaccinated against COVID-19.  You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.  If you were contacted but have not booked your appointments, you’re still eligible and can book your appointments anytime.

Other ways you can arrange your vaccine:

  1. Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online or at a vaccination centre or pharmacy.
  2. Waiting for contact from your GP surgery and booking your appointments with them.  
  3. Attending a drop in session. You will not need to book an appointment, just turn up and wait.  Check your local council’s website for further details.

The University’s COVID- 19 pages has further information on Covid-19 vaccinations.

Other important vaccinations

Universities can be hotspots for the spread of measles, mumps and meningococcal disease. Close mixing in confined environments presents the perfect opportunity for infection to spread.

These illnesses can be very serious and lead to significant complications and even death. 

More information about these illnesses and what to do if you suspect you are ill can be found on the NHS website.

MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

The best protection against measles and mumps is to ensure that you have had two doses of the MMR vaccine. 

Some young people may have missed out as the MMR uptake was as low as 80% in 2003. Most cases of measles have been seen in young people over the age of 15.

The vaccine is free to anyone who has not received both doses as a child. 

Check with your GP to find out your vaccination status. If your vaccination status is incomplete, arrange your vaccination before you come to university. 

MMR advice and information is available on the NHS website.

MenACWY

This vaccine protects against meningitis (A, C, W and Y) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) which can both be fatal.

Young adults are particularly at risk as they are carriers of the aggressive W strain of the disease.

You may have had this injection at school in Year 9 or 10. This vaccine is a single injection.

If you have not had the vaccine: Students going to university for the first time, including overseas and mature students, who have not yet had the vaccine remain eligible up to their 25th birthday.

Contact your GP to have the MenACWY vaccine before coming to university.

MenACWY advice and information is available on the NHS website.

International Students

If you have not had these vaccines, you will be eligible for vaccination once you are in the UK. Make sure you register with a GP.

 Stay healthy: checklist

  1. Check your vaccination status with your GP.
  2. Get vaccinated, if necessary, before you come to university.
  3. Register with a local GP if you move to attend the University of Bedfordshire.
  4. Familiarise yourself with the symptoms of measles, mumps and meningitis and know what to do if you become ill.