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Get your vaccine now!

By Adrian 13 Jul 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are now available to all adults in England.

Get your vaccine as soon as you can, to help keep yourself and those you care about safer.

If you are registered with a GP, you will receive an invitation to book a vaccination appointment. You can also book a vaccine by calling 119 or using the online national booking service.

If you are not registered with a GP, we strongly recommend getting registered. However, you can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. GP practices should support unregistered patients to access the vaccine.

Frequently asked questions

What do I do if I am registered with a GP in my hometown, but not where I study, or vice versa?

If you are registered with a GP practice, you can book your vaccine appointments online through the national booking service at a location that is convenient for you, or book a first dose through your GP and a second dose in a different location through the national booking service.

How can I access my second dose if I am in a different location to where I had my first dose?

The national booking service has an option to book or re-arrange the second vaccination appointment at a different location to the first appointment.

If you had a first dose in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but is in England at the time of you second dose, you may:

  1. book a second dose through the national booking service (if you are registered with a GP in England and therefore have an English NHS number);
  2. register with a GP in England and book an appointment that way; or
  3. approach a local GP and ask to be vaccinated as an unregistered patient.

Can I be vaccinated before my first health or social care placement starts?

All adults in the UK aged 18 or over should be offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 19 July 2021. If you start working in the NHS or in social care and you have not been vaccinated, you should be offered the vaccination through the occupational health department or your organisation. The second dose should not be brought forward in these circumstances.

What if I am eligible for my first dose in England, but will be abroad for my second dose (e.g overseas placement)?

Contact the health service in the country where you are resident at the time the second dose is due.

How can I obtain a COVID vaccine certificate?

There is information on here about COVID vaccine certification.

Are international students eligible for the vaccination?

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of your nationality or immigration status.

Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?

Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination?

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, you can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

How do I get an NHS number as an international student?

Approach your local GP practice, saying you would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.

How can I get a vaccine as an international student?

You should register with a GP and get an NHS number. However, it is possible to request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient by approaching a local GP practice. Visit for more information on GP registration.

If you have previously received NHS treatment, you will be able to book your vaccination via the national booking service.

You will need to reference your NHS number. Use this tool to find your NHS number if you do not know it.

What should I do if I’ve received my first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?

If you received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered. Contact a GP to ensure you receive an appropriate vaccine for your second dose.

Where can I find more information?

Visit for more information about the COVID-19 vaccination.

Register with a GP in London

We strongly recommend registering with a GP in London, while you are living in the intercollegiate halls.

All UCL students are eligible to register at Ridgmount Practice, as are all intercollegiate halls students in WC1:

All intercollegiate halls students in WC1 and W1 are eligible to register at Gower Street Practice:

The Bloomsbury Surgery is especially convenient for residents at Garden Halls, Handel Mansions, and International Hall:

King’s and LSE students may also register with your on-campus GP practices.

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the Student Health & Wellbeing Manager at the University of London and the Warden of Connaught Hall, where he has lived for almost 25 years.
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