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Nine In Ten University of Reading Students Say They’ve Had At Least One Covid Jab

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More than 90% of University of Reading students responding to a poll about their vaccination status say that they have had one or both jabs.

More than 650 students returning to campus for the new academic year anonymously shared their vaccination status with the University, with 86% of students responding indicating they had received both doses of the vaccine.

A further 6% confirmed they had received their first dose, and 2% indicated that they intended to receive their first dose soon. Nationally, 65% of 18 to 24-year-olds in England have received at least one dose.

A similar poll carried out with incoming students during enrolment showed very similar results to that for returning students, with a significant majority having already received two vaccinations.

Reading University Comment

Professor Parveen Yaqoob, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading said:

“These survey results are very reassuring, both for our staff and students and for our neighbours in Reading, and show that our students are behaving responsibly in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

“Students and young people have had a challenging 18 months and young people have often been unfairly characterised as being unwilling or ambivalent about getting vaccinated.

“What this survey demonstrates is that our students understand the importance of getting vaccinated for their own health and to protect those around them. Our students can start their university experience confident that they will be able to get as much out of their time at Reading as possible.”

Pop-up Facility

The University is making it easier for those remaining students to receive their vaccine with a dedicated pop-up facility on campus during the first weeks of term.

An NHS ‘Health on the Move’ vaccine van will be visiting the Whiteknights campus to deliver first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to students and staff.

The University is also continuing to encourage all students and staff to take a COVID-19 test twice a week, regardless of their vaccination status.

Professor Yaqoob said:

“As the new academic year starts and we begin to welcome more students and colleagues back to campus, it is more important than ever that we keep our cases low.

“We will continue to support students who need to self-isolate, including students who are joining us from overseas, and we look forward to seeing them out and about on campus soon.”