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COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.K. are only available as part of seasonal vaccination programmes for individuals at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. You should be contacted if your medical records indicate that you are eligible.

If you are at higher risk from COVID-19, please discuss this with your doctor or College nurse.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to those of other respiratory illnesses. Now that COVID-19 testing is no longer freely available, it may not be possible to know whether you have COVID-19 or another illness such as flu.

UK Government guidance identifies the following symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory illness to be aware of:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

You are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have symptoms of a respiratory illness. However, we advise that you follow public health guidance and try to stay at home if you have a positive COVID-19 test result, or if you have a high temperature or feel unwell.

If you need medical advice about your symptoms, you can contact your College nurse, a GP, or NHS 111.

Members of staff who feel unwell with symptoms of a respiratory illness should contact their line manager.