All individuals who have contact with patients in a clinical setting will soon be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
This includes all students over the age of 18 who are not clinically exempt and who will be going on clinical placements as part of their programme, such as in a hospital.
Important to know: This rule is UK Government policy and due to come into effect on 1 April 2022.
- This means you will need to receive the first dose of your vaccination by 3 February 2022.
- If you are due to go on clinical placement as part of your programme, you will need to be fully vaccinated by 1 April 2022.
From 1 April 2022, if you choose to not get fully vaccinated (unless you are legally exempt), it is highly likely that you will be unable to complete the mandatory learning outcomes of your clinical placement.
If you’re unable to complete the mandatory learning outcomes of your clinical placement, this will result in you being required to interrupt or withdraw from your studies or transfer to a different course, which does not have these requirements.
Please contact your faculty or department to discuss your options if this is the case for you.
What would make me legally exempt from this rule?
- You are under the age of 18.
- You are clinically exempt.
- You are exempt due to a short-term medical condition (which is an option that some
weeks post-partum and so will allow them to become fully vaccinated after birth).
- You have taken part or are currently taking part in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Having the COVID vaccination protects you and the patients, which is of paramount importance in any clinical environment.
You can find more information about vaccinations, including where to get vaccinated, can be found at KCL Coronavirus.
I have further questions; where can I find out more?
- If you have health-related questions or concerns about having the COVID-19 vaccination, please speak to your GP.
- If you are clinically exempt from COVID vaccination, please contact your faculty or department to discuss any potential impact on your clinical placement.
- Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) press release.