For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 regulations and restrictions please see the HSE website 

DROP-IN Vaccination Clinic - No Appointment Needed 

The walk-in clinic opens Tuesday 28 September 2021, on the main concourse of the Arts-Science block and will offer vaccines from 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Thursday this week.

The clinic is open to any student or member of staff on a walk-in basis.

NUI Galway and Saolta University Health Care Group are encouraging students to take up the offer to ensure they are fully vaccinated so they can get the most from University life.


Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

If you haven't yet received your free COVID-19 vaccine, now is your chance! Visit a walk-in centre, register online or book an appointment with a pharmacy, including ours on campus.

It is expected that most people over 18 in Ireland will have been vaccinated by September 2021. The COVID-19 vaccine offers protection from COVID-19. The HSE, the World Health Organization and the Department of Health strongly recommend that everyone receives the vaccine as soon as it is offered.

How can I prepare for life on campus?

  • Apps

Control measures are continuously under review. To keep you up to date with changing guidelines and make your life easier, download:

NUI Galway App (iPhone or Android)

Along with the alerts page on the NUI Galway website, this app will be the main means of communication throughout the semester.

HSE Covid Tracker

Download HSE Covid Tracker before you arrive on campus and check in daily. The App will tell you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive. The app will also help you trace contacts, track symptoms, get advice and anonymously warn close contacts if you have tested positive.


Blackboard helps keep communication open between staff and students, and to keep a record of attendance. The Qwickly functionality on the Blackboard App will assist the University will in recording attendance at events on campus in case it is required for contact tracing purposes.

  • Personal Responsibility

Everyone has a role to play in minimising the risks of COVID-19. All students must take personal responsibility for their actions while on and off campus. Read up on all the available information before attending campus and arrive to sessions with all required equipment. Do not share equipment with others.

  • Symptoms

How are you feeling? Keep up to date with the latest Health Guidelines on the HSE website, know the COVID-19 symptoms and know what to do if you are feeling ill. Be aware of the ways in which COVID-19 spreads. Our alerts page is here to help. Students should only come to campus if they do not have any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Checklist

Make it part of your morning routine to pour yourself a coffee, sanitise, mask up and go through a checklist of everything you need to stay safe on campus.

  • Health Status

You may be required to complete Health Declarations electronically via the NUI Galway App /website. You must also inform the relevant School and College of any pre-existing health conditions.

  • Contact Log

Keep a log of all those you have been in close contact with and minimise your number of contacts to the fewest possible.

What guidelines must I follow on campus?

  • The Basics

Let's keep each other safe by using face coverings, washing our hands, sanitising and using coughing and sneezing etiquette. Good hand, respiratory and general hygiene is vital.

  • Mask

You must wear a face covering while indoors on campus - this includes all lectures and the library. Wearing one helps stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The University will provide a combination of cloth face coverings, medical facemasks and/or visors and face shields to students.

  • Give it Space

Please do not congregate indoors between lectures.

Air circulation is important, so don't linger in passageways and common spaces. Limit your travel in university buildings as much as possible. Keep time spent in one area to the minimum and limit your geographical footprint in university buildings as much as you can. If you want to catch up with friends, think outdoors and not indoors.

  • Keep Left

Each room/building uses a one-way system. Keep it simple, keep left, and pay attention to signs.

  • Bring Lab Equipment

You must wear required PPE throughout lab sessions. The sharing of PPE, including lab coats and protective glasses is not permitted. In addition, schools will not rent PPE in the event that a student forgets it. Access to laboratories will not be permitted if a student does not present with PPE. While in the lab, do not move out of your workspace. Do not share equipment where possible. If equipment must be shared, disinfected before and after use.

When do I wear a mask?

You must wear a mask/face covering while indoors on campus. Wearing one helps stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The University will provide a combination of cloth face coverings, medical facemasks and/or visors and face shields.

Face coverings should also be worn:

  • where physical distancing is difficult in outdoor areas,

  • where a specific activity requires it.

Students who are exempt from wearing a face covering can engage with Disability Support Service to receive a Letter of Exemption that can be shown if required.

Face coverings may be removed temporarily:

  • while talking to someone who has difficulties communicating,

  • while taking medication

  • in order to verify your age or identity,

  • while eating and drinking at a restaurant or café - wear one until you get to your table and when you are leaving or moving about,

  • while receiving medical treatment.

Most face coverings are made of cloth. There are also medical face masks which are recommended for those at higher risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19. Visors are not the best option for protecting yourself and others. They should only be worn if you have an illness or impairment that makes wearing a face covering difficult.

When should I get a COVID-19 test?

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should get a test.

Each one of us must follow Public Health advice on testing, isolation and movement restriction. 

The University will continue to provide support for on campus PCR testing pathways through the HSE for symptomatic students, learners and staff.

When should I stay off campus?

  •  You have any COVID-19 symptoms. You will need to self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test. If you receive a negative test, you must still self-isolate until 48 hours after resolution of symptoms.

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days or are awaiting test results.

  • You are a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated (you can return to campus if you receive a negative test 10 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive, and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19).

  • You have been advised by a doctor to self-isolate or cocoon.

  • You have arrived in/returned to Ireland and do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or are required to quarantine, hotel quarantine or self-quarantine.

  • You are not fully vaccinated and live with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms and is awaiting a test result.

What is my personal responsibility in the fight against COVID-19?

Everyone has a role to play in minimising the risks of COVID-19 in the University and we are all expected to follow our community promise: Cúram dá Chéile. All of us must take personal responsibility for our actions while on campus and point out any non-compliance with the control measures. In addition, some personnel will be asked to take a more active role in ensuring that the control measures are operating effectively.

  Find out more about Cúram dá Chéile, our community promise

What support is available to me?

Student Services

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UniCoV is a new research project by NUI Galway that explores rapid COVID-19 testing to develop an early warning system and prevent outbreaks in universities. UniCoV findings could prove vital in keeping campus open. Sign up here.


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Protect yourself, our campus and community: Follow these simple and effective steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.