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Vaccination


 

If you're eligible, please get fully vaccinated. You can book a Covid-19 vaccine via the NHS website or by visiting your local walk-in centre - check the Surrey Heartlands CCG website for more information which will be updated regularly.

NHS Covid-19 vaccination FAQs 

Why should I get a vaccine?

Anyone can catch Covid-19 and may become seriously unwell. This could include suffering long term effects of the disease, also known as long Covid. The Covid-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.  Research has shown the vaccines help reduce your risk of getting seriously unwell or dying from Covid-19. You still can however catch and spread the virus, so it is really important even once you have received both doses of your vaccine, to continue to follow national guidance all available on www.gov.uk

I am an international student. Who can I ask if I have questions about the vaccine?

If international students have questions regarding vaccines, they should consult the Covid-19 vaccination FAQs for students in Higher Education Institutions which has been published by NHS England and provides a range of important information. Also visit the NHS website for information specific to the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Are any dependents of international students also eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination?

In England, everyone over the age of 16 is eligible for two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. You do not need to have an NHS number or be registered with a GP and this is not dependent on immigration status.

I have received a non-MHRA jab overseas do I need a top-up in the UK and why?

All authorised vaccines are available free of charge across the United Kingdom, regardless of nationality, residency or immigration status and are accessible from thousands of vaccine centres, GP practices and pharmacies.

If you have had a vaccination that is not recognised by the United Kingdom authorities, please speak to a member of staff at the vaccination site to discuss whether the vaccination is appropriate. You can also speak to your local GP for advice. Public Health England have issued guidance for clinicians who need to decide whether to provide further vaccination to individuals vaccinated outside the UK.

If someone over the age of 16 has received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative will be offered.

Is getting a top-up/mixing vaccines from overseas safe?

Recipients of a vaccination outside the UK, should speak to the clinician at a vaccination centre to discuss whether further vaccination is appropriate. Clinicians will only advise additional vaccination where this is safe. The NHS in England is working with the NHS in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to ensure that records of vaccinations in those nations flow into a patient’s English NHS record.  

I'm an international student and I received my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?

If an individual has received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the advice on vaccine interchangeability guidance. The student should speak to the clinician at a vaccination centre or contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

Where can I find more information?

More information about the Covid-19 vaccine can be found on nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

If you have any questions, please visit https://www.frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/living-here/covid-19-vaccination/your-questions-answered-videos-on-covid/