Covid Testing and Vaccination

Vaccinations

We strongly encourage all students and staff to get vaccinated. The UK vaccination programme is rolling out across the country with drop-in clinics opening up in local areas. If you are over 16 and have not had your first jab you can register for vaccination online. For the latest local information, and advice on getting a first or second dose, visit Tayside Cares.

Testing 

There are now various ways to get tested for Covid-19 in the local area or at home, to help protect the local community. Which test you book will depend on whether or not you have symptoms. We strongly encourage all students and staff to get tested regularly, or self test at home, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Walk-in NHS Tayside community testing (no symptoms)

Students and members of the general public can take asymptomatic tests via the NHS Tayside community testing programme. Self-administered PCR swab tests are available on a walk-in basis from mobile testing vans in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross. 

Get tested at home (no symptoms)

Free rapid lateral flow devices (LFDs) for self-administration at home are are also available to collect from community testing sites and local pharmacies. Map of LFD testing and collection sites.

Alternatively, you can order a supply online via the Scottish Government website.

It is recommended that these are taken every 3-4 days.

Reporting your test results

Anyone who takes an LFD test is asked to log the results - positive or negative - online within 24 hours. This allows local and national governments to track the spread of the virus and quickly implement additional measures, such as door-to-door testing, should cases be on the rise.

Report a Covid-19 lateral flow test result

Got Covid symptoms?

If you have any symptoms of Covid you must self-isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test. Both walk-in and drive-in test centres are operating in Dundee and you can visit the Tayside Cares testing page for the latest location information and how to book.

Other information and Guidance

More information on the Scottish Government's Covid-19 testing programme:

Covid tests and vaccines FAQs

Where can students access a vaccine?

We strongly encourage all students to take up the opportunity to get vaccinated before coming to university. 

To arrange an appointment or find your nearest drop-in vaccine clinic visit:

The Scottish Government has also confirmed that international students will be included in the vaccination programme, provided they are not already fully vaccinated when they arrive in Scotland. Information on how to register for your first or second dose will be shared ahead of the new academic year. 

Do I have to be vaccinated before I travel to Scotland from overseas?

It is not a requirement that international students are vaccinated in order to enter the UK to study. But you are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated before you arrive, if possible. 

Upon arrival, if you are not yet fully vaccinated, you will be invited to register for your first or second dose through the Scottish Government vaccination programme. Further information will be shared ahead of the new academic year. 

Are international students eligible for Covid vaccines in Scotland?

Yes, the Scottish Government has confirmed that international students will be included in the vaccination programme, provided they are not already fully vaccinated. Information on how to register for your first or second dose - and any boosters -  will be shared ahead of the new academic year.

I'm travelling to Scotland from within the UK. Do I need to get vaccinated?

We strongly encourage all students to take up the opportunity to get vaccinated before coming to university.

To arrange an appointment or find your nearest drop-in vaccine clinic visit:

We would also ask students travelling to Dundee to self-isolate for 10 days and to conduct a LFD test a maximum of 48 hours before travel.

Am I required to get a Covid test after I arrive in Dundee?

The Scottish Government advises that everyone undergo rapid-result asymptomatic testing to minimise the spread of transmission amongst those who are not displaying any symptoms. We would recommend students travelling to Dundee self-isolate for 10 days and to conduct a LFD test a maximum of 48 hours before travel.

When you arrive in Dundee, we would strongly recommend you undertake two rapid-result tests, no more than five days apart.

 

If I test positive for Covid, do I need to let Abertay know?

The University is required to collate and report staff and student Covid cases to the Scottish Government. If you have recently tested positive for Covid please let us know by completing this form

What if I get contact from tracers or the app while I'm at uni?

If someone from the Test and Protect team contacts you while you're at Abertay, you should go home and self-isolate immediately, book a test if you develop symptoms and tell the University.

What do I need to do while self-isolating?

If you have received a positive Covid test, you must self-isolate for ten days. If you require support from the University, including access to hardship funds or food vouchers / parcels, please contact advisory@abertay.ac.uk as soon as possible.

The University also has a 24/7 helpline that can provide health advice, legal advice, financial advice and counselling. Call 0800 028 3766 if you require any support out-of-hours.

Further guidance on self-isolating can be found on the Test and Protect information pages.

 

What is the Test and Protect programme?

Test and Protect is Scotland’s public health measure designed to break chains of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or a positive Covid test will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days. If you test positive, you will be contacted by someone from the Test and Protect team to identify any of your close contacts that may also need to self-isolate.

You may also be contacted by Test and Protect if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. In these cases, you will be asked to self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test.

What happen if I'm on campus with someone who tests positive?

You do not need to self-isolate unless you have been contacted by Test and Protect contact tracers, or via the test and protect app. Please continue to adhere to risk control measures – regular hand washing, 2m social distancing and wear a face covering in designated areas of the building. We would also encourage all students to download the Protect Scotland app and follow instructions if you are alerted as a close contact.