THE University of Winchester hosted a pop up clinic to drive Covid-19 vaccinations before the new academic year.

The clinic, which took place in welcome week as new students arrived for their introduction to university life, had staff from Solent NHS Trust on hand to administer Pfizer vaccinations. Over 70 people were vaccinated during the day.

The Reverend Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, said: “Both the University and Winchester Student Union are strongly encouraging all staff and students to get their Covid vaccines as soon as possible.

“Our message is for individuals to not only protect themselves, but to protect everyone in our community, from keeping students and staff safe on campus to safeguarding those who may be more vulnerable within our wider community across the city.

“We would like to thank colleagues at Solent NHS Trust for their support with this first vaccination clinic. We hope to work with partners to host another pop-up clinic on campus in the near future, to further help remove barriers to getting vaccinated.”

The University is planning for courses to be taught primarily in person, on the University campus for the new academic year. The University encourages regular testing twice a week, regardless of vaccination status and provides free lateral flow tests to staff and students across the campus.