Testing and vaccination
Reduce the spread with regular testing
Regular testing is vital to reducing the risk of transmission and minimising infection rates within our community.
The University of East London is committed to supporting our students, staff and local community by providing asymptomatic Covid-19 testing; via on-site testing facilities and home-test kit collection. You can also order home-test kits from the government.
Our on-site testing centres at the Docklands campus (Sportsdock, SD1.01 & SD1.0) and at the Stratford campus (University House Students' Union -The Dome) are open Mon-Fri, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tests are bookable via this booking form or pop in to collect a free home test kit (no booking necessary).
To avoid disappointment, advance booking for on-site testing is advisable, and walk-ins will only be accommodated, if possible.
Please help keep everyone safe by following our testing guidance:
- On arrival at university, please take 2 Lateral Flow Tests 3-4 days apart at either our on-site facilities or via home testing.
- All staff, students and visitors are strongly encouraged to take two Lateral Flow Tests each week that you intend to be on campus.
- Test before travel. Students and staff are encouraged to test routinely during term breaks, before they travel back to university, either through their local community testing programme or by ordering a free test online.
- Staff and students are strongly encouraged to collect home-test kits at one of our campus collection points or use our on-campus testing facilities
Our opening times and appointment booking system will be available soon to enable you to access our on-campus testing sites at Stratford and Docklands campuses, or to pop in to pick up a free home test kit. Please check this page regularly for updates.
About Lateral Flow Tests
The University offers Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) as a rapid way for students and staff to test for the Covid-19 virus.
The LFT is carried out on people who do not have symptoms (i.e. those who are symptomatic). The lateral flow test will not replace symptomatic PCR testing. If you are symptomatic, you must book a PCR test via this NHS website. A confirmatory PCR test is essential for the NHS and local public health authority to track and manage infection rates. You must also follow government guidelines and isolate accordingly.
Positive test results
If you experience any Covid-related symptoms or have received a positive Covid test, please do not visit campus. You should begin self-isolating immediately and request a free PCR test direct from the NHS.
You should also use the UEL Health Update Notifier which will alert Student Services (for students) and HR (for staff) as well as our Infection Response Group who will then contact you to provide you with further guidance.
If you are living in our Halls of Residence, please notify the Residential Life team who will contact you so they may provide immediate assistance and support.
If you have any other queries concerning self-isolation or quarantine, please email SelfIsolation@uel.ac.uk
If you have any concerns or queries please email Covid19Enquiries@uel.ac.uk.
A vaccine is the best way to prevent death or serious illness from Covid-19 and the university encourages all staff and students, including international students, to take up both doses of the Covid-19 vaccinations available to them in the UK.
You do not need to have be registered with a GP (Doctor) or have an NHS number to get the Covid-19 vaccine – you can simply contact your local GP or attend a pop-up vaccination clinic.
On-campus vaccination clinics will also be operating at Docklands and Stratford campuses to offer you access to the Pfizer vaccine from week commencing 13 September. The clinics will operate twice a week at each campus Mon- Thurs from 12:00 – 15:00. On Monday 13 September (at Stratford) and Tuesday 14 September (Docklands) we will be taking walk-in appointments only.
From Monday 20 September you are advised to book in advance via this link.
If you have already had one dose of the Pfizer vaccine in another country but do not have proof, you can still receive a second dose at our clinic.
To have the best protection against Coronavirus you normally need to have two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Once you have been vaccinated you will be given a card with information about your vaccine, if you can, take this card when you go for your second vaccination.
How to register with a GP
Registering with a GP (Doctor) will help you access healthcare services.
If you live on campus, you can self-register at the Royal Docks Medical Practice.
If you live off campus use the NHS Find a GP to search for a GP near your home address, then contact the surgery and let them know you would like to register.