To make campuses safer for the fall term, universities are creating their vaccination centers. Many universities have already warned students that they won’t be allowed to attend significant social events in England due to restrictions placed by the British government on nightclubs.
The University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol, Kingston University in London has already opened campus vaccination centers, while the University of Stirling, Scotland, which requires that nightclub visitors follow contact tracing rules and will open a center for students and the general public on Saturday. Other universities such as Cardiff, Manchester, and Birmingham have also confirmed that they are currently in talks to establish vaccination services. The NHS will manage and staff these centers, while universities offer to train students or university staff to volunteer at them.
Universities UK, the umbrella group of vice-chancellors, stated that many universities would have campus vaccine facilities by the autumn term, including pop-up clinics or NHS vaccine buses. According to a spokesperson, universities are working with the local NHS to increase uptake.
Boris Johnson later ruled out the possibility of making compulsory vaccinations for British students to attend lectures and live in residence halls. Vice-chancellors were relieved by the U-turn. They believe that forcing young adults to get vaccinations is a lousy approach.
Professor Colin Riordan, the vice-chancellor at Cardiff University, stated that “You cannot force anyone to get vaccinated.” This is clear. It would be impossible to force a coercive approach at universities. Persuasion should be the key. It is important to do all we can to help people get vaccinated. Wales has recently raised its alert level to 0, effectively removing all Covid restrictions.