The vaccination programme
Health boards will work with institutions in their area to maximise the uptake of vaccinations and resulting protection for students. Each institution will have its own single point of contact (SPoC) within the relevant health board(s). These SPoCs will look at numbers of students arriving per month; countries of origin and the likely vaccine supply demand and will work with institutions on the logistics of student vaccination including any possible bespoke student vaccination clinics. The health board SPoC will make the initial contact with institutions in their area.
The health board will be the lead for the delivery and institutions should provide access to appropriate venues if these are required and distribute communications/marketing materials to enable to the highest possible take up of vaccinations amongst students on campus.
We expect that it will be for each health board and institution to agree an operational model, which reflects what will work best to meet local need and institutions should work with health boards to ensure vaccination arrangements meet the unique circumstances of students and encourage all eligible students to be vaccinated. Options available include campus clinics (such as walk-in ‘pop up’ campus clinics) or mobile units.
Institutions are also expected to work with their health board SPoC to signpost information to address staff and student concerns and questions on vaccination, including advice on accessing vaccination centres.
We will work with the sector and UCAS to communicate over the summer with those starting their courses this autumn what the arrangements are for vaccination.
Institutions are expected to communicate to international students that they will have access to the vaccination on arrival to Scotland see link: (https://www.nhsinform.scot/internationalstudents) for more information.
A FAQ for students has also been published on the Student Information Scotland web page. The FAQ covers the vaccination plan and the most likely questions students will have on vaccines. Health board SPoCs and vaccination clinic staff will be able to answer any clinical questions from students.
Students will be offered a vaccination in line with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance. If JCVI recommends vaccination to be given to other age groups, health board SPoCs will work with institutions to agree how to include these students within local vaccination arrangements. Colleges in particular will be impacted by this as many of their students are 16-17 years old.