International Students in UK to receive COVID-19 Vaccine - 17 May 2021

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International students in the UK to receive COVID-19 vaccine

17 May 2021

The UK Minister for Universities, Michelle Donelan, has confirmed that international students studying in the UK will be eligible for the vaccine whilst in the UK, in the same way as they can access other health services.

The UK was the first country to approve and start vaccinations in December 2020 and is likely to be the first country fully vaccinated, likely by summer 2021, meaning September 2021 entry will be safe for all students and staff. The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed to The PIE that international students will “be able to access these vaccinations, just as they are able to access healthcare.”

Universities minister Michelle Donelan thanked students for their patience in an open letter: “We are delighted that you have chosen to study with us and look forward to welcoming many more of you to our world-class universities in future years.

“Whether you are currently at your chosen university, are 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.”

It is not too late to begin your September 2021 UK university application. Arrange a free consultation with SI-UK London today to get started.


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