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More than 94% of Nottingham Trent students have had Covid jab, survey reveals

The overwhelming majority of Nottingham Trent University to have arrived in the city for the start of the new year say they have had one or two Covid jabs, a survey conducted by Nottinghamshire Live has revealed.

We asked students attending freshers week events on the Nottingham Trent city campus this week whether they had received either their first vaccine, both vaccine shots, or none at all.

Of these 94.1% of the students we spoke to said they had received at least one vaccine dose, while 73.2% said they had already had both before arriving in Nottingham.

Only five out of the 86 people we spoke to said they hadn’t received either dose, and three of those added that they had no intention of doing so.

Of the students we spoke to who said that they had only so far received one dose of the vaccine, the majority told us that they had their second dose booked for the coming weeks.

The figures could ease some of the concerns about a link between the influx of students coming back to Nottingham this month and a feared spike in Covid infections .

Last year, in line with other cities with large student populations, Nottingham saw a sharp spike in cases from late September , driven in part by hundreds of house parties in areas close to the universities directly in breach of lockdown restrictions.

The university has set up Covid testing centres across its various campuses, and vaccination services for those wishing to arrange appointments.

A Nottingham Trent University spokesperson said: “We have been proactively encouraging all of our students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“In partnership with NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Public Health England, we are hosting a drop-in vaccination bus on our City and Brackenhurst campuses, and vaccinations are being offered by appointment at Sunrise Medical Centre on our Clifton Campus.”

During a public health meeting held last week, Nottingham’s Director of Public Health, Lucy Hubber, said: “When you bring people back in to education settings and you think about school age children spending eight hours a day in a room together then you can expect to see both an increase of cases both within that setting and then with transmissions back into the household.

“I think over the next few weeks we are going to see not just cases with students in schools but then translated to their families and onward families and so on. So we can expect an increase in cases for those reasons.”

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