March 15th, 2021
All staff should continue to access weekly asymptomatic Covid-19 testing, even if they have been vaccinated.
Paddy Tighe, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, and a member of the testing team said: “After having the vaccine it can take up to 21 days before you see a protective effect. Even when you’ve had the vaccine you can still catch Covid-19 and while it’s unlikely you’ll experience serious symptoms you can still pass the virus on. That’s why we all need to be careful, keep to the restrictions and keep testing.”
He explains more in the following video:
You can book or turn up
Staff are able to access an online booking system to arrange their testing slots several weeks in advance. This is in addition to facilities already in place which allow staff to simply turn up and access testing.
The Testing Service uses MyCareer to arrange appointments. On first use, you should see a Terms and Conditions page. Data is not shared any further or used for any other reason.
Those booking appointments will be able to select times and locations to suit their needs but should cancel any bookings which are no longer required.
Test to Protect – support the campaign
All students, and staff who are on campus regularly, are urged to take a test, at least once a week, until vaccines are widely deployed. The university is in full support of staff on campus accessing asymptomatic testing during paid working hours.
As banners, posters and digital screens bring the message to life across our campuses and social media campaigns begin, the university community is invited to get involved and help share the message that simple and swift asymptomatic testing needs to become a part of everyday university life for the time being.
The Test to Protect toolkit (Sharepoint login required) has been updated with new assets and is designed to give colleagues at all levels and in all Schools and Departments, ideas and tools to use to play their part in encouraging regular testing.
This will help keep you safe, protect loved ones and the wider community, and also help ensure that our university can remain open for essential teaching and research.
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