UK Government plans Covid-19 Vaccine for International Students
The UK has officially become the first western nation to use Covid-19 vaccine on its citizens categorizing who gets in the first line. The government has approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine after rigorous rounds of clinical tests on thousands of volunteers. The authorities from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have analysed and finally gave the nod to go ahead with the Pfizer vaccine. An important announcement came from the same governing body that international students will be able to access vaccination similar to how they access healthcare resources in the country.
How the UK Government Planning Vaccine Distribution?
The UK's government has introduced a priority based vaccine delivery system to its citizens. A Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has decided to give top priority to home residents and their care-givers. Old age population over 80 years fall in the second line of the hierarchy followed by people over 75 years and then the younger groups with health conditions are given importance in the order. The committee has not given the permission for children under the age of 16 and pregnant women at the moment, but they are taking up measures to ensure these sections of the population are allowed to take their vaccine shots safely.
UK Government’s Assurance to International Students
The international students in the UK are addressed by the government and guaranteed their commitment. The government has ensured that international students will be considered among the groups the vaccine is made available for. The universities minister - Michelle Donelan addressed the international students in an open letter and expressed gratitude and thanked everyone for keeping their patience in tougher times.
“I understand that international students may have additional questions as we approach the end of the 2020/21 autumn academic term. Whether you are currently at your chosen university or studying remotely from your home country, or plan to study here in the future, I am writing to you directly to provide you with support and guidance at this challenging time,” the minister said.
“Our borders are open for both returning and new international students wishing to study in the UK and our universities are looking forward to welcoming you to campuses in the new year,” Donelan reassures.
“We are committed to prioritising education and want to enable all students – domestic and international, current and prospective – that they can return to, or start new courses at our universities and will be able to engage in blended learning as soon as possible,” she adds.
This announcement has come out as an encouraging factor for the Indian student fraternity who are already in the UK and for the ones who are making arrangements to move there. Get in touch with us to launch your education plans in the UK.
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