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How students studying in Wales or returning to Wales can access both vaccine doses within 12 weeks.

First published:
28 May 2021
Last updated:

Overview

The vaccination programme in Wales has been an incredible effort and success so far. Over 80% of the adult population have now received at least one dose. 

Vaccination offers hope of a way out of the pandemic. However, people need to get vaccinated as soon as possible to stop the virus mutating into new strains that don't respond to current vaccines.

Everyone will be offered a vaccine which is safe, effective and suitable for them. You will be given 2 doses of the vaccine within 12 weeks. More information on vaccines

All health boards in Wales are currently offering vaccination for 18-30 year olds. 

If you already have a COVID-19 vaccine card, please keep it safe, it might be helpful to keep a photo on your phone. Wherever possible, you should take your card to your second vaccine appointment.  

How long between doses?

The usual, agreed dose interval period for students without other conditions (within group 10 of the JCVI prioritisation list) is around 12 weeks.
 

How to get your vaccination 

If you are studying in Wales or returning to Wales and have a different address during term time, you don’t need to return to that address to get your vaccine. You can get your two doses at different locations (including different locations in Wales). 

Please help us ensure that you will receive your offer at the place you are staying this summer by ensuring your contact details are up to date. 

Students staying or returning to Wales and registered with a GP in Wales

You will receive a vaccine offer through your health board.

Please ensure the contact details held by the GP (current address and phone number) are correct so that you can be contacted. 

If you will not be staying in the registered address over the summer, efforts will be made to contact you by phone. 

If you have not received an invitation yet, health boards are operating reserve lists and some are offering walk-in clinics. Check for local information.

If you have received your first vaccine, please keep your vaccination record card (and/or a photo of it) to show which vaccine you had and the date you received it.

Students staying in Wales but not registered with a GP in Wales

If you are not registered with a GP, you will not be proactively contacted by the NHS in Wales, as they will not have your contact details. 

You can register with a local GP or alternatively, find out about arranging a vaccine though your local health board. 

International students studying in Wales

You can register with a local GP or alternatively, find out about arranging a vaccine though your local health board. 

We are encouraging people to get their vaccine promptly when offered it. Please keep your vaccination record to arrange a second dose.

Students going from Wales to other UK addresses

All four UK nations are working together to offer students moving between addresses an appropriate vaccine in a timely way. 

If you are returning to:

England 

If you are registered with a GP 

You will be invited to be vaccinated at a GP-led site. You may receive an invite from the National Booking Service to book at a large vaccination centre or community pharmacy-led site. This could be either on the NBS website or by calling 119.

If you are not registered with a GP, you will not be proactively contacted by the NHS, as they will not have your contact details. However, if you have an NHS number you can book through the National Booking Service. If you know the address you were living when your NHS number was created, you can check using this tool. 

Alternatively, you can approach a GP practice and ask to be vaccinated as an unregistered patient. 

Northern Ireland 

Students requiring a first vaccination in NI, who are registered with a GP in NI, can book an appointment online.

Any student requiring a second dose of vaccine, and those who are not registered with a GP in NI, should contact COVID-19VaccinationProgramme@health-ni.gov.uk

Scotland

Student information

Other resources

Higher Education: coronavirus

Office for students: guidance for providers and students 

Local health boards are responsible for planning and delivering NHS services in their areas.

For students living in Wales please see the table below to identify which local health board is responsible for your area. 

NHS Wales Health Boards and areas covered

Aneurin Bevan Health Board is responsible for NHS services in:

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Caerphilly
  • Monmouthshire
  • Newport
  • Torfaen
  • South Powys
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is responsible for NHS services in:

  • Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Wrexham

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is responsible for NHS services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is responsible for NHS services in:

  • Bridgend
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf

Hywel Dda University Health Board is responsible for NHS services in:

  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys Teaching Health Board is responsible for NHS services in Powys.

Swansea Bay University Health Board is responsible for NHS services in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.