Covid-19 vaccines are now available to anyone aged 16 or over. The vaccination gives the best protection against Covid-19, so we strongly encourage our students to get the vaccine as soon as possible. This will help to keep you, the Notre Dame community, and the wider community safe.
Anyone who gets Covid-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects on their health. You can read more about long Covid here. The Covid vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others. They help to:
- Reduce your risk of getting seriously ill with Covid-19
- Reduce your risk of catching or spreading Covid-19
- Protect against Covid-19 variants
The first dose will give you some protection from three to four weeks after you’ve had it, but two doses will provide stronger and longer lasting protection. You usually have the second dose eight to twelve weeks after the first.
If you’re 18 or over (or will turn 18 within three months), you can:
- Book your Covid-19 vaccine appointments online.
- Or find a walk in Covid-19 vaccination site to get the vaccine without an appointment.
If you’re 16 or 17, you can find a walk in Covid-19 vaccination site to get the vaccine without an appointment. You do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number.
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 this. Notre Dame will continue to provide lateral flow testing kits for all students to support the safe return to college for our community.