Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an important part of taking responsibility for our health, and others. Being vaccinated before you come to University, or when you’re in Leeds is something we encourage.

It’s advised to get your vaccinations before coming to University. It can take a few weeks to build up your immunity. If you’re not able to, then register with a doctor when you get to Leeds. 

Most students choose to register with the Leeds Student Medical Practice located near the University campus. Leeds Student Medical Practice is currently doing registration for new patients online. The registration process generally takes 2 days, although it can take longer in September. 

You can also find a list of other local doctors on the NHS Choices website.

COVID-19 vaccinations

All adults aged 18 or over can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS, or be registered with a doctor. 

The COVID-19 vaccines currently available are given in two doses. You have the second dose 8  weeks after the first dose. 

To get your vaccine you can: 

You do not need to tell the University if you’ve been vaccinated. 

Some services and venues in the UK may use a vaccination pass. Find out about the NHS COVID Pass.

COVID-19 vaccination FAQs for students

Frequently asked questions about students and the COVID-19 vaccine can be viewed on the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group webpage. This is regularly updated.

COVID -19 vaccination information when you arrive in the UK

If you’re a passenger from a country on the red, amber and green list, find the latest quarantine information from GOV.UK.

If you’ve not had any vaccinations, or have only had one dose of a two-dose vaccination, book your vaccination, or go to a walk in centre.

Meningitis 

Public Health England recommends all adults up to 25 years of age should be immunised against meningitis (the ACWY vaccine). This vaccine also protects against septicaemia (blood poisoning).

Meningococcal meningitis/septicaemia is an uncommon illness; however, it can be serious, and it's important for you to know about the early signs of Meningococcal infection. These include; 

  • Severe headache 

  • A high temperature and/or vomiting 

  • Stiff neck, aching limbs or joints 

  • A dislike of bright lights (photophobia) 

  • Drowsiness or confusion 

  • Muscle pains – especially in the legs 

  • A fine purple rash which does not fade when pressed with a glass  

Not all these symptoms need to be present in all cases; remember that people with meningitis can become seriously ill very quickly and should seek urgent medical attention. 

Many school pupils between 13 to 15 have already been vaccinated. If this is the case for you, you do not need to have the vaccine again.

Further general information about meningitis 

Register with a doctor and get your vaccination as soon as you can. 

Mumps

In recent years, mumps has been on the increase. This is a disease that although is usually mild, can cause more significant infections for some people. 

Register with a doctor and get your vaccination as soon as you can.