Covid Vaccination for Students


The Welsh Government's Covid-19 vaccination program continues to roll out to more of the population and it will soon be time to get your first vaccination if you haven't already had it. 

To receive the vaccination you need to be registered with the NHS and with a GP (doctor) in Wales. If you are registered you will be called for vaccination either by letter or phone call when you become eligible.

If you are living in Wales and not registered with a GP, you should register as soon as possible. You can find  advice on how to register here

International students can access the USW Health Service and other healthcare in the same way as UK students, but there are some special considerations. 

How to get your vaccination depends on the area you live in:

  • Cardiff -  have now offered appointments for all the adult population aged 18 and over.

    If you have not received your first dose of the vaccine please complete their Leave Nobody Behind form or call the booking line on 02921 841234 to book an appointment.

  • Pontypridd and surrounding areas - this area is covered by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board whose vaccination programme includes walk-in clinics for first doses. See their COVID-19 Vaccine Information page for details.

  • Newport - the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board covers the Newport area. They offer many walk in clinics to get vaccinated, see the list here. If you are a student living in the area but are not registered with a local GP, you can still receive your vaccine at one of their Mass Vaccination Centres by completing this form.

Further Information and Support

If you're unsure about getting your vaccination or have any queries, Public Health Wales have put together some of the most frequently asked questions

As always, your USW Nurse Advisors are on hand to deal with any medical queries or concerns you may have. You can book an appointment with us or ask us a question via Advice Zone Online. Contact USW Health Service.

You can find more detailed background information about Welsh Government's Covid-19 vaccine program here.


University students are a high-risk group. First years and those living in halls of residence are prone to contracting the disease because of their close proximity to each other; particularly in the first few weeks of term.

We advise all First Year students to contact their GP at home to get the Meningitis ACWY vaccination ideally at least 2 weeks before leaving home to start their first academic year. Any student who hasn't had their vaccination prior to starting University should contact the USW Health Service as soon as possible.

The Meningitis ACWY Vaccination protects against meningitis and septicaemia caused by four meningococcal strains - Men W, A, C and Y. and is free to all first year students under the age of 25 from a GP.

Check out a full list of signs and symptoms here or download the Meningitis Now app for help and information at your fingertips.

Symptoms can develop very quickly and can be very serious as this video from Meningitis Now shows

Be aware that meningitis symptoms can be mistaken for “freshers flu” so if in any doubt it is advisable to always seek medical help as soon as possible.

Watch the following video from Public Health Wales about a students' experience of contracting Meningitis W

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Mumps outbreaks are common, especially in teenagers and young people. It's especially important for teenagers leaving home for University to be up-to-date with the MMR vaccine as they are at higher risk of mumps.

There have been confirmed cases at a number of UK universities recently amongst students who have not been vaccinated.

MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against 3 separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires 2 doses. This NHS leaflet tells you about MMR vaccination.

You should contact your GP surgery before you leave for University if you are not sure if you have received any of these vaccinations.

International Students

If you are from outside the UK, you will need to be up to date with all Vaccinations as recommended by the UK Government's Department of Health.