Latest research from the National Union of Students (NUS) has shown that at least 83% of students are fully or partially vaccinated against Covid-19, with a further 9% either having a vaccination booked or intending to book one.
The latest phase of the NUS’ Covid survey closed on 17 August 2021 and reveals the feelings of students as they return to university campuses after 18 months of disruption and uncertainty.
Three in five students moving into halls of residence said they were concerned about the Covid-19 related risk of living with others. More students (71%) are concerned about family members than their own welfare (52%). Disabled students and those with caring responsibilities reported the highest levels of concern moving into halls. 64 per cent of students agree that all students moving into shared accommodation should get tested for coronavirus in advance, whilst just 11% disagreed.
Around half (47%) reported that their mental health is worse now than before the pandemic.
“It’s brilliant news that such an overwhelming majority of students have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and I’m not surprised – throughout the pandemic, I’ve constantly been hearing from students who were eager to get jabbed,” said Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS UK vice-president for higher education.
“In a period of such uncertainty, where too many students have been suffering from stress and anxiety, or who remain in debt or hardship having paid for accommodation they were then told not to live in for much of last year, the government must finally acknowledge that the education system is broken. Students deserve better; I would be happy to meet with the new education secretary and discuss how we can begin to build the student movement’s vision of a fully- funded, accessible, lifelong, and democratised education.”
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