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Supporting staff having the COVID-19 vaccine

14 May 2021

A message from Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility and Karen Heaton, Director of Human Resources

COVID vaccination programme

Dear colleagues

The national roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, following the priority groups outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. People aged 38 and over (from 13 May) are now being invited to have their vaccine.

Of course, the decision you make about whether to have the vaccine or not is entirely personal.  The University will not be keeping any records of which staff have or haven’t had the vaccine and it won’t be mandatory to have the vaccine before you return to work on campus.

We are however supporting Public Health England’s campaign which encourages people to have the vaccine because doing so will help to protect you and your family and our University community. The success of the vaccination programme is also one of the government’s key measures in its four-step roadmap out of national restrictions. 

If you choose to have the vaccine you can take paid time off work to attend your appointment where it is not possible to schedule an appointment outside your working hours.  If you suffer side effects which mean that you’re unable to work you should report any absences to your line manager in the usual way. 

For colleagues working on campus you can be assured that COVID-safe measures will continue to be in place for all staff whether they have had the vaccine or not, including wearing face coverings, social distancing and hand sanitisation.  Staff working on campus are also encouraged to take two free COVID tests each week.

We have put together some FAQs and the government’s website also answers many of the questions you might have about the vaccine.

Best wishes

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility

Karen Heaton, Director of Human Resources

Further information

Watch Professor Sheena Cruickshank answer questions about COVID-19 and the vaccine: