Get vaccinated, and what to do if you have coronavirus symptoms.
The University strongly encourages all staff and students to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including having a booster vaccination when offered. Full details of the Scottish vaccination programme, including is on the NHS Inform website.
If you have newly arrived in Scotland and have not had your full coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination or booster, you can register for a coronavirus vaccination online
Stay at Home guidance
The Scottish Government confirmed, as part of the Test and Protect Transition Plan, that from Sunday 1 May public health advice changed to a ‘stay at home’ message, replacing self-isolation for people who have symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19.
In line with the Scottish Government advice, people who have symptoms of Covid-19 and who have a fever or are too unwell to carry out normal activities are asked to ‘stay at home’ while they are unwell or have a fever. There is no longer a requirement for most people to seek a Covid test of any type.
People who still have access to lateral flow device tests should follow the information available on the NHS inform website regarding the action to take if they test positive.
Children and young people aged 18 and under with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, do not need to stay at home and can continue to attend education settings.
They should only stay at home if they are unwell and have a high temperature. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a fever and they feel well enough to attend.
Reporting sickness absence
If you do not feel well enough to work/study you should revert to the procedure of informing your line manager / school office to record absence. There is no need now to complete the University self-reporting form for Covid-19. Staff are referred to the standard Sickness Absence Policy.
University members are encouraged to remind those who attend work/study with signs of a serious respiratory illness that they should stay at home until symptoms ease. Covid-19 is only one of a range of serious viral respiratory illnesses that exist.
Scottish Government advice is that Covid-19 symptoms include:
- Continuous cough
- High temperature, fever or chills
- Loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
- Muscle aches or pains
- Unusual hunger
- Sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
- Diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick.
In this message: • Updates to stay at home guidance • What to do if you feel ill • Testing for general population to end • Reporting sickness absence
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May 2022: Contents are being reviewed and will be changed to guidance or removed, as appropriate