Vaccine Priority for International Student in the UK


The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centers, and in some hospitals. Local areas may also work with partners to set up “pop up” temporary clinics at locations convenient for students to access, for example, on university campuses.

In order to book a Covid-19 vaccine, international students should register with a local GP (General Practitioner) and get an NHS number. An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find your NHS number using this tool. 

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


Students can receive their second dose in a different location to their first dose due to their circumstances. If you are registered with a doctor’s (GP) practice and become eligible, you can book your appointments online through the National Booking Service at a location that is convenient to you.

For more information on the UK’s vaccination program, visit the NHS website.


Are any dependents of international students also eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Anyone in England(UK) is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization and should come forward once it is their turn.

For further questions about the Covid-19 vaccination and international students in England, visit the FAQs on the NHS website.  Please note, this FAQ applies to England only. Students should refer to the relevant guidance for the part of the UK they are studying in, by visiting government websites for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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