All adults aged 18 or over can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. More information about how to get a vaccine is available via the NHS, and some information specifically for students is below.
How can I get a vaccination?
If you're registered with a GP you can book your appointment online through the National Booking Service or by phoning 119.
If you're not registered, you can register with a GP surgery online. You’ll then be given an NHS number to use when you book your vaccine.
Can I have my first vaccination in one location and my second dose in another location?
The National Booking Service will ask you to book both your first and second doses at the same time. However, you do not need to book them in the same area. You can book both doses wherever is going to be the most convenient at the time of your appointment.
So, you could book and have your first dose in Bath, and then your second dose at your local vaccination centre in your hometown. You could also have your first dose in your hometown and your second dose when you are in Bath.
If your plans change, you can change your vaccination booking through the National Booking Service at any time. Please note that if you need to change either dose appointment, you need to cancel that appointment first.
What if the national booking system doesn’t have any vaccination locations near me?
Please be persistent and keep checking the system. Available locations and times are updated on the National Booking Service throughout the day. So you may need to try several times to find a time and location that suits you.
What vaccination locations are available in Bath?
You will be able to see the locations and times available through the National Booking Service. If you’re in Bath, the largest vaccination centre is Bath Racecourse, which can vaccinate 1,000 people a day. You can find answers to common questions, including how to book, opening times and how to get there, on the NHS Bath Racecourse Vaccination Centre page. If you don’t have a car, the special FirstBus service, number 32, runs every hour from the bus station, from 7am until 8pm. We understand that smaller vaccination centres are also opening at two pharmacies, one in Coombe Down and one in the city centre. You can find more information about the vaccine from the local NHS website.
Which vaccination will be offered to me?
Currently, vaccine centres in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are offering the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.
What should I do if I currently have COVID-19 or I’m self-isolating?
If you are currently self-isolating because you have symptoms of Covid, have tested positive or someone in your household or a close contact has tested positive, you cannot leave the house to attend a vaccination appointment. You can book an appointment for a date when your isolation period has ended.
If you have tested positive for Covid you should book your first vaccination appointment at least four weeks after your test.
Are international students eligible for the vaccination?
Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.
Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?
Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.
Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination?
While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.
How do international students get an NHS number?
International students can approach their local GP practice, saying they would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine. The University Medical Service is your local GP practice while you are living in Bath. Once registered, you will be issued with an NHS number which you can use when booking your vaccinations.
What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?
If you have already received a first dose of your vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you already received isn't available in the UK, ask your GP practice about which is the most similar alternative vaccine for your second dose.
Will I need to show my student ID at the clinic bus?
No, you won't need to show your student ID. If the bus has capacity, they can vaccinate staff and non-students too.
Where can I find more information?
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available on the NHS website.