Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students

Vaccinations

Information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

It’s really important that you get the Covid-19 vaccine when offered it. The vaccines give you the best protection against Covid-19 and getting vaccinated is one of the best ways you can help stop the pandemic.

Please note that if you are travelling to the University from overseas and have not had the vaccine in your home country yet, there is no legal requirement for international arrivals into the UK to have had the Covid-19 vaccine. You will able to get the vaccine in the UK once you have registered with a local GP (doctor).

For information on staff vaccination appointments, please see Staff - Vaccination.

Scotland's vaccination programme

Online registration for Covid-19 vaccinations has now closed for 18 to 29 year-olds registered with a GP in Scotland. However, you can still register for a vaccination by calling the Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

If you have registered for your vaccination online, you'll receive your appointment details wherever you are through SMS or email, rather than through the post, and it will help to keep your contact details up to date and make sure you receive the right information about your vaccine.

If you have not registered online, you will instead be notified by post at a later date. Please note that if you're a student and are registered with a GP practice at your term-time address, the appointment letter will be sent there.

Vaccination walk-in centres

[UPDATED: 2 JULY]

NHS Lothian has opened drop-in vaccination clinics for people aged 18-39.

The vaccination clinics are open daily between 8.30am and 5.30pm until further notice.

You don’t need to be registered with a GP to get your vaccine at a drop-in clinic. You can get your 1st dose, or your 2nd dose if it’s been more than 8 weeks since your first.

Clinic locations can be found on the NHS Lothian website: 

Drop-in Vaccination Clinics

If you’ve recently changed your household

If you're spending the summer at home or have recently changed your household and are now living in a different area from where you are registered for a GP:

  • We strongly advise you to register for a vaccination or to change your appointment location by calling the Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013
  • If you have not registered online, you will instead be notified about your vaccine appointment by post. Please note that if you're a student and are registered with a GP practice at your term-time address, your appointment letter will be sent there.

If you think your appointment letter has gone to your term-time address and you are not currently staying at this address, you will need to use the online ‘missed appointment form’ and input your term-time address so that you can register or change your appointment location:

Missing appointment

If you're aged between 30 to 39

If you’re aged between 30 and 39, NHS Scotland is in the process of sending invitations for your Coronavirus vaccination appointment. If you think you should have received an invitation by now but haven’t, please complete the following NHS form:

Missing invitations contact form

Vaccinations elsewhere in the UK

You will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine depending on where you are registered with a GP.

The programme rollout differs for different areas of the UK. Please read the latest advice for your area:

Vaccinations for students once they arrive in the UK from another country

The Scottish Government has confirmed that international students will be included in the national vaccination programme, so you will be able to get the vaccine in Edinburgh. We’ll provide full details once arrangements have been finalised with the Scottish Government.

Scottish Government announcement

For students currently living outside of the UK and travelling to Scotland, it is important that you register with a doctor as soon as possible after your arrival in Edinburgh.

Once you are registered with a doctor, you’ll be eligible for a free Covid-19 vaccine in the same way that you access other healthcare services. 

Registering with a doctor in the UK

If you are travelling to the University from overseas and have not had the vaccine in your home country yet, please note that there is no legal requirement for international arrivals into the UK to have had the Covid-19 vaccine. You will able to get the vaccine in the UK once you have registered with a local GP (doctor).

Vaccines and international travel

[UPDATED: 16 July]

From 4am on Monday 19 July, you’ll no longer need to self-isolate if you’re travelling to Scotland from an amber list country and you’ve been fully vaccinated in the UK.

‘Fully vaccinated’ means that you’ve had a full course of a Covid-19 vaccine through the NHS in the UK,and that 14 days have passed since you received your final dose.

If you’ve been vaccinated outside the UK, you’ll need to follow the normal amber list rules and you will need to self-isolate for 10 days on your arrival into the UK.

International travel regulations