Covid 19 test centre

Vaccinations and asymptomatic testing

Vaccinations and asymptomatic testing

As part of the Government's ongoing asymptomatic testing programme, The University is operating a LFD Collect, which is test at home option, using the lateral flow testing kits, and have also reopened our on-campus test centre.

We encourage all students and staff to take a lateral flow test twice a week and to get the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can. This can protect you and those around you.

For questions about how to get the vaccine as a student, please visit the NHS Higher Education FAQs.

Vaccinations
Why should I get vaccinated?

Getting your Covid-19 vaccination as soon as you can not only protects you but may also help to protect your family, those you care for, as well as others in the BNU community. Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants

We strongly encourage all students to take part in the vaccination programme against Covid-19, in line with government guidance.

There are some really helpful FAQs about the vaccine on the government website.

I don’t know anyone who’s had COVID-19, so why do I need a vaccine?

Millions of people have sadly died from COVID-19 around the world since the start of the pandemic. Even if you, your family or friends haven’t had the virus, having the vaccine will help to reduce the opportunity for infection.

How can I book a COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccines currently available are given in 2 doses. You usually have the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after the 1st dose. You can book a vaccine here or use a walk-in vaccination site.

Pop up vaccine bus

We are very pleased to have a pop up vaccine bus from Buckinghamshire HealthCare to attend the High Wycombe site on Monday 20th September and Wednesday 22nd September. The bus will be outside the Gateway building and will be open for vaccines between 10am and 6pm on both days. The team will be offering the Pfizer vaccine.

If this is your first dose, you will be able to have the second dose when the bus returns for the second visit in about 8 weeks’ time.

If you have already had your first vaccine at least 8 weeks ago and this was a Pfizer jab, you can have the second dose at the bus.

For Uxbridge students, we are working with the healthcare team in Hillingdon to see what we can offer and will keep you updated.

Who can use the pop-up vaccination clinic on campus?

The vaccine clinic is open for everyone including staff, students and the public.

Do I have to book to be vaccinated at the pop-up clinic?

No, you are welcome to attend any time on the day between 10am and 6pm.

Do I need an NHS Number?

Yes, please bring this with you to speed up registration and make the process run smoothly. You can find your NHS number here.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your NHS number (or if you are an international student) because the team at the clinic will register you.

Do I need to be registered with a GP?

While registration with a GP is encouraged, as this is important during your time at University, this is not compulsory to obtain a vaccine at the pop-up clinics. You can register with a GP (or transfer from your existing GP) via this link.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

There is a lot of misinformation being spread via social media so please make sure you educate yourself with all available, reputable information. You can find really helpful NHS myth busting information which addresses a lot of concerns. Please read this if you feel anxious about the vaccine which the University strongly encourages you to get to keep you and others safe.

Do I need to have both doses?

It is very important to have both doses of the vaccine to give you the best protection.

Can I still spread the virus to others if I am vaccinated?

The purpose of the vaccine is to protect you from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 infection. This will also help to limit the spread to others. However, it is still important to follow Government guidance on handwashing and other measures. Please follow this link for more information.

Do I still need to have lateral flow tests if I have had the vaccine?

Yes, you can still get COVID-19 even if you have had the vaccine, so you should still keep taking the twice weekly tests to keep everyone in our University community safe. You can pick up a test from the Student Centre in West Wing; at High Wycombe reception; our Hughenden Halls; and the receptions at our Aylesbury and Uxbridge receptions. In addition, our onsite asymptomatic test centre is open Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm.

I’m an international student can I have the vaccine?

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

I’m a healthcare student going on placement, do I have to have the vaccine?

All adults in the UK aged 18 or over have been offered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

We are working with placement providers to establish local requirements and you will be kept informed. At present, the vaccine is not mandated, however, the Government has recently launched a new consultation which you can read about here.

 

What happens after the vaccine?

Please see the Government’s guidance here.

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine certificate?

Please follow this link.

I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past, do I still need to be vaccinated?

At present it is unclear if previous infection with COVID-19 results in long term immunity. Therefore, if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine you should attend even if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past or have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Vaccination should be postponed until clinical recovery from COVID-19, for at least four weeks after the onset of symptoms or four weeks from the first PCR positive test in those who did not have symptoms.

Once I have had the vaccine, should I still wear a mask?

At BNU, we encourage all staff and student to wear face coverings when indoors at our campuses, particularly in busy areas. Please see our FAQs for more information.

Testing
How can I get a lateral flow test?

You can visit the High Wycombe Campus test centre Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm in West Wing, or visit one of the Home Collect locations, see below. 

Where can I pick up an 'at-home' testing kit on campus?

You can collect a pack with seven tests, lasting three weeks. You should take a test twice weekly and report your results to the NHS. 

Full instructions are given with the kits to help you take the tests and then report your results. 

You can pick up an 'at-home' test kit from the locations below, Monday-Friday 8-4pm:

High Wycombe:

  • Main Reception
  • Student Centre
  • Hughenden Halls

Uxbridge:

  • Main Reception

Aylesbury:

  • Main Reception

Missenden Abbey

  • Main Reception

Remember to bring your ID, as you must have this with you to collect your kits. You must provide your mobile phone number and read the data privacy note.

Are the kit pick-up locations accessible to disabled people, including those with visual or hearing impairments?

The LFD Home Collect kit collection points are based in locations which are fully accessible, but if you have any specific requirements, please contact the student centre.

How long will it take to get my results?

Follow the home testing kit guidance and read the result once the 30 minutes has passed, then follow the instructions for uploading your results.

If you develop any of COVID-19 symptoms in the meantime, please do not attend the university and follow government advice and notify the Student Centre so that they can ensure that you are supported.

 

What is lateral flow testing?

Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people (asymptomatic means ‘without symptoms)’. This better enables the Government to identify asymptomatic cases who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chain of transmission.

Lateral flow antigen tests detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab sample to a sampling device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus. The tests have been validated by Public Health England. They are safe and offer reliable results.

What is the Government's current policy for testing students?

The UK Government has set out its priority groups for testing in a document, which is available on the GOV.UK website. Asymptomatic students (who don’t have any symptoms) are not currently a priority group for symptomatic PCR (polymerise chain reaction) testing, but they are one of the groups covered by the new testing technology for those without symptoms.

Are tests compulsory?

While testing remains voluntary, the testing of students will help to identify those with the virus so that they can self-isolate and limit the onward transmission to others. The Government and the University are strongly encouraging students that they should get tested.

Why should I get tested if I have no symptoms?

The test is designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience and show any symptoms, but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others. This testing process will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and ultimately save lives.

 

Should I take this test if I have had a previously tested positive for COVID-19?

Studies suggest that it is possible to catch COVID-19 for a second time. Traces of COVID can remain in the body for some time after an early infection. Therefore, if you have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days you should not take a lateral flow test as it may detect traces of the older past infection.

 

Should I take this test if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

No. This test is only for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you get symptoms you’ll need to self-isolate and book a test you can take at home or attend an NHS COVID test site (we have one on the High Wycombe campus in the Workshop buildings which you book here).

See www.gov.uk/coronavirus for more advice. Use 111 online or call 111 if you need medical help. In an emergency dial 999.

 

Why would I take the test? If I'm positive, I'll have to self-isolate. Why would I take the risk?

It is of the utmost importance that we all do our bit to stop the spread of the virus and protect other students, staff and members of our communities. If you do test positive, you should follow the guidelines and self-isolate. Self-isolation, whilst disruptive for those affected, is an essential part of the fight against the virus.

I want to get tested but I do not want to use a test at home kit. What can I do?

You can get tested at any local authority test asymptomatic test sites close to where you live free of charge. You can locate the ones nearest to you by searching the internet.

For staff and students in Uxbridge: Hillingdon Local Authority have a number of sites in the Uxbridge area - click here for more information and booking links: Testing within a local community testing site - Hillingdon Council

Placement students: A significant number of our students on placements can access testing as part of their placement.  Please use kits from placement as directed by your placements or visit one of the above locations to collect a kit.

If you take a test elsewhere, please ensure you follow the reporting requirements. If you test positive you will need to self-isolate and also let the University know so that we can support you and handle the tracking and tracing of any close contacts on our campuses.

Can my family get tested too?

Your family and friends can access test at home kits via the gov.uk page, or from many local outlets, however, they will not be able to have one of the University kits.

 

If I have had two vaccination doses, do I still need to do a test?

Yes, NHS advice currently states that you should continue to behave in exactly the same way once you have had your vaccine as you did before you had it. This is because there is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine. You should continue to access testing in the same way you did previously. 

I’ve heard about booster doses, what does this mean?

Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are additional 3rd doses and may be offered to those most vulnerable from September 2021 to maintain the protection of the first and second doses. You can find out more information here and our FAQs will be kept updated in line with Government guidance.