Covid testing, self-isolation and vaccination


We strongly encourage all students and staff to get the Covid vaccine or vaccine booster. The UK vaccination programme continues across the country with drop-in clinics opening up in local areas. If you are over 16 and have not had your first, second or booster dose of a Covid vaccination, you can drop-in to the local vaccination centre at the former Zara store on the corner of High Street and Commercial Street. The centre is open 10am - 6pm, 7 days a week. 

Online appointments are available at:     

For the latest local information and opening times, please visit Tayside Cares.

Testing - no symptoms

Regular testing for Covid-19 helps protect the local community and there are various ways for those without symptoms to get tested in the local area or at home. 

Testing at home 

Free rapid lateral flow devices (LFDs) for self-administration at home are are available to collect from community testing sites and local pharmacies. We also have a supply at the SEZ and Kydd Building Receptions.

Map of LFD testing and collection sites.

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

We strongly encourage all students and staff to get tested regularly, particularly before socialising or meeting with others, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Reporting your LFD 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 should cases be on the rise.

Report a Covid-19 lateral flow test result

Walk-in NHS Tayside community testing 

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. 

Testing - with 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.


The rules around self-isolation in Scotland are subject to change as the sitution around the Omicron variant continues to develop.

Stay up to date with the latest guidelines and self-isolation period on the NHS Inform website.

Other information and Guidance

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

Covid testing, self-isolation and vaccines FAQs

Am I eligible for a Covid booster vaccine? If so, when will I get it?

Following discovery of Omicron, the UK Government have confirmed all adults over 18 will be eligible for a booster vaccine. The minimum gap between second vaccine doses and boosters has also been reduced from 6 months to 3 months.

This massive expansion of the vaccination programme will take some time to rollout and adults under 40 without underlying health conditions are asked to be patient as older age groups and those with underlying health conditions are prioritised.

If you are aged 40 or over, you can book an appointment for your booster at NHS Inform


What happens if someone in my class tests positive for Covid?

Unless you have been contacted by Test and Protect contact tracers, or via the Test and Protect app, you have not been identified as a close contact and therefore will not be required to self-isolate. Please note that, as per the Test and Protect protocol, it is not the responsibility of the University to inform you if there has been a positive case in your class.

Please continue to adhere to risk control measures – regular hand washing, appropriate distancing and ventilation, and wear a face covering in designated areas of the building. 

Someone in my household has tested positive. Do I need to self-isolate?

Are international students eligible for Covid vaccines in Scotland?

Yes, international students who have yet to receive a first or second dose of a Covid vaccination are eligible to receive this in Scotland.

Find out more at NHS Inform.

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

If you have recently tested positive for Covid please let us know by completing this form. The information will only be used for sharing anonymously with the Scottish Government, who have requested regular updates on positive cases amongst students and staff.

We will not share your information with other students or staff.

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 via this form.


What do I need to do while self-isolating?

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

If you require out-of-hours mental health support, call your GP, NHS24 (call 111) or Breathingspace 0800 83 85 87 (see website for opening times) or Saneline on 0300 304 7000 (see link for details) or text Crisisline on 85258 (available 24/7).

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. 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. 

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