Message to students, 10 February
I hope you are well and have been enjoying the first few weeks of our second-half session – whether you are a new or returning student, it’s great to see so many of you here in Aberdeen once again.
As we all settle into life back on campus, I want to remind you of the importance of basic measures to keep our campuses as safe as possible for all, as we aim to limit the number of Covid-19 cases in our community. This means ensuring that you are vaccinated (unless medically exempt), that you undertake regular Covid-19 testing, and that you report if you’ve tested positive.
The vaccine booster programme was accelerated over the winter break, and all adults aged 18 and over can book their vaccine via NHS Inform.
Meanwhile, if you're aged 16 or 17 you can have your second vaccine dose now if it's 12 weeks since your first dose.
You can receive your second dose by:
- booking an appointment online
- phoning the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 (open 8am to 8pm, 7 days per week)
- attending a drop-in clinic
Those who have not had a vaccine at all yet can attend a drop-in clinic, call the national helpline number or self-register to book an appointment through the link above.
We continue to ask that students test twice a week using lateral flow devices (LFD) and before interacting with people from other households – even if you have no symptoms, you may still have Covid-19 and pass it onto classmates, so regular testing is the best way to keep everyone safe. You can pick up LFD kits from the Butchart Test Facility – kits are also available at pharmacies and can be ordered online from the NHS.
If your lateral flow test is positive, you must immediately isolate and report your result online so NHS Test & Protect can start the contact tracing process – reporting via Test & Protect will ensure that everyone who needs to be contacted is provided with the best advice based on their own circumstances.
Equally important is the need to report to the University if you have tested positive for Covid or are self-isolating, via our Covid-19 Isolation/Absence Reporting webform. This will ensure you are supported by your School and course tutor during your self-isolation period. Please report any period of self-isolation, even if you have not had a positive result.
For those who have symptoms of Covid, the advice in Scotland remains to book a PCR test. Test & Protect can nevertheless start contact tracing on the strength of a reported positive lateral flow result as well as a PCR.
We continue to have measures in place in classrooms that aim to reduce transmission such as physical distancing and the use of face coverings. But by being vaccinated, and testing regularly and reporting via Test & Protect and the University’s Covid-19 Isolation/Absence Reporting webform when you have to self-isolate – you will be helping us in our journey back towards what we sincerely hope is more normality for all.
Director of People