covid-19 testing AND VACCINES

We encourage everyone to play a part in keeping our university community safe by taking the necessary precautions to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

As part of this, we encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated according to government guidelines. 

Students are encouraged to test 24 hours before they travel to university, either through their local community testing programme or by ordering a test online. On arrival at university, students should take two lateral flow tests, either using home test kits or at an onsite testing facility (3-4 days apart).

We are also asking students and any staff on campus to test twice a week to help us detect any local increase in infection rates.

Please remember to record all results on the Government website.

You can find more information about booking your vaccine, and our testing facilities, below. 

The Covid-19 vaccination is being offered at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

Students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a larger vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites through the National Booking Service website or by phoning 119. 

You can walk in and grab a jab at vaccination clinics across Leeds.

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 you should not, under any circumstances, attend campus. You should observe Government guidance on testing and self-isolation. Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 can get a free test to check if they have the virus.

  • Staff must notify their manager immediately if they experience any symptoms of Covid-19. 
  • Students who believe they have Covid-19 symptoms or have been diagnosed with Covid-19 must inform Student Advice via the reporting form.
If you test positive you must self-isolate immediately and follow Government guidance.

All Leeds Beckett University students, and any staff on campus, should take two lateral flow tests per week.

Regular testing has the potential to identify anyone who may be asymptomatic (without symptoms) and is therefore unaware they have coronavirus. This will help break chains of transmission among households and reduce the risk of onward transmission. If you have symptoms, you must follow Government guidance and book an NHS test

Our City Campus testing site is in the Rose Bowl atrium and has testing booths as well as the option to collect tests to take at home.

  • This is open 9:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.

At Headingley Campus, testing will continue from Campus Central.

  • This is open 9:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.

Please remember to record all results on the Government website

Until the end of October we will be providing pop up lateral flow test collection points for staff and students between 09:00 - 15:00 in the following locations:

Headingley

  • Monday and Thursday – Carnegie School of Sport building reception area
  • Tuesday and Friday – Carnegie Village accommodation reception
  • All week – Campus Central Hub

City

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Leeds Business School reception
  • All week - Rose Bowl Hub

From Monday 1 November, the lateral flow test collection points will be available in the following locations:

  • Rose Bowl atrium, City Campus: 09:00 - 16:00, weekdays
  • Campus Central, Headingley Campus: 09:00 - 16:00, weekdays
  • Library reception desks: 09:00 - 19:00 weekdays, 11:00 - 17:00 weekends
  • Students' Union reception desk, Portland Building: 10:00 - 16:00 weekdays

If you are asymptomatic and have received a positive lateral flow test, you should self-isolate immediately. Please also read Government guidance to check whether your close contacts are required to self-isolate. You should then book a PCR test as soon as possible. If the result of the confirmatory PCR test is positive, please inform the university.

You must notify your manager if you have a test for Covid-19 and of the outcome of the test as soon as you receive it. If you are not experiencing symptoms but are waiting for the result of a Covid-19 test for any other reason, you must not visit the campus.

If you have a positive test, anyone you live with should follow Government guidance on self-isolation.

Students are encouraged to test 24 hours before they travel to university, either through their local community testing programme or by ordering a test online.

On arrival at university, students should take two lateral flow tests, either using home test kits or at an on-site testing facility (3-4 days apart).

They should then test twice a week through September, either using home test kits or at an on-site facility.

This is to reduce the risk of transmission following the movement of students across the country. It is very important that, when testing at home, test results are reported online to NHS Test and Trace. Reporting results helps the NHS monitor the spread of the virus, combat the virus and save lives.

If a student has had a confirmed PCR test for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, they do not need to take a test within that time period if they are asymptomatic. 

They are still required to follow the national guidance for adults who have been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, even if this is within the 90-day window.

Students must follow the law on international travel. If you are a student coming to the UK, before you travel (regardless of where from) you must:

The following regulations apply, which vary depending on whether you are travelling from a red, amber or green-list country:

 

If you have travelled from or through a red list country 10 days before arrival, you must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. This applies to students who are British or Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, e.g., international students. You must pre-book your quarantine package in advance, or you could face a fine of up to £4,000.

 

Or; If you have travelled from or through an amber list country only 10 days before arrival, you must quarantine in your own accommodation for 10 days and take 2 PCR COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 after you arrive in England, unless you are exempt (see below). University asymptomatic testing does not mean you are exempt from the day 2 and day 8 tests). You will receive calls from NHS Test and Trace to check that you are quarantining. You may also receive a visit from NHS Test and Trace staff, who are conducting Covid compliance checks to ensure that you are quarantining at the address provided on your passenger locator form. If NHS Test and Trace staff suspect that you are not quarantining, your case may be referred to police who can issue a fine of up to £10,000.

 

Those who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccination programme, or who have been fully vaccinated in the USA and many European countries, do not need to quarantine when returning to England from an amber list country or take a test on or after day 8. Passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel. Pre-departure testing and day 2 testing measures remain.

 

Green list arrivals do not need to isolate or enter managed quarantine, but must still complete a passenger locator form, provide evidence of a negative test and pre-book a day 2 test

International students who live in the UK will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccine, just as they are currently able to access healthcare. Individuals who are registered with a General Practitioner (GP) will be contacted by their GP to book their vaccine via an online or telephone system – there is no need for students to proactively contact their GP about the Covid-19 vaccine. 

Covid vaccinations are classed as primary care, and anyone who lives in the UK is entitled to receive NHS Primary Care medical services at a GP surgery for free. When students arrive in the UK, they should register with a local GP surgery as soon as possible. If an individual has only partially completed their vaccination (i.e. one dose), they will be able to access the second dose here in the UK. If they have already had both doses of a vaccine – be that MHRA verified or not, they will not be required to have any further doses (unless the individual is eligible for any booster programme). From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

  • You are fully vaccinated
  • You are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
  • You are aged under 18 years and 6 months

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

Further detail on the vaccination status of international visitors to the UK and the implications for self-isolation or subsequent vaccinations can be found in Public Health England guidance (see pages 15, 16 and Appendix 1).

Also see Student Vaccine FAQs published by NHS England.