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Following the introduction of the national lockdown from Tuesday 5 January 2021, we have followed guidance from the Government and the University of Oxford to keep College members safe. On 22 February, the Government confirmed plans for gradually easing restrictions with its roadmap out of lockdown. Further information about COVID-19 for all students, prospective students and staff and can be found on the University of Oxford's website. These pages are updated regularly.
We reached a crucial milestone in the battle to beat COVID-19 on 4 January 2021. The UK National Health Service began the rollout of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, with patients at the Oxford University NHS Hospitals Trust becoming the first to receive this life-saving vaccine. Find out more. St Hilda's College was delighted to offer its new buildings to St John Ambulance for training of volunteer vaccinators in January and February, to help with efforts to vaccinate the nation. At the end of the programme, 981 people had been trained by 50 SJA volunteer staff: 793 vaccinators, 134 care volunteers and 54 patient advocates.
The Government, within its 'Operation Moonshot', invited two universities, Oxford and Durham to take part in feasibility studies of a self-administered, low-cost, rapid-result test for coronavirus SARS-2.
Oxford University invited two colleges, St Hilda's and Merton, to pilot the field trial. Both colleges have begun to recruit, inform, consent and train students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to self-administer the test on a weekly basis. The trial is being run by the Nuffield Dept of Primary Health Sciences and has been approved by the Central University Research Ethics Committee. Staff members were also invited to volunteer.
Find out more about the rapid-result test.