Covid-19 vaccine is now available in the UK
This comes in as one of the greatest news before 2020 decides to settle. All the international students in the UK will be able to access the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine now, as it is available all across the country.
UK’s University minister Ms Michelle Donelan has given a green signal to the access of the vaccines free of cost, i.e no charges will apply for testing or treatment to this deadly virus of Covid-19.
She quoted,” The country’s universities minister On December 2, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that the vaccine would be available across the UK to priority groups within a week- following experts from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approving its use.”
The priority for the rolling of vaccination will include priority towards care home residents and staff, people over 80 and health and care workers followed by rest of the population in the order of age and risk, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
Covid-19 vaccine now accessible to international students guarantees to be a vital part of making this deadly pandemic under control and manageable.
A total number of 40 million doses have been ordered for this vaccine overall – this number is enough to cater for the immunization schedule up to a third of the population, rest of the doze will follow in the first half of next year.
Adding on, the government has declared that it has also secured early access to over 357 million vaccines doses across various vaccine developers.
The international students will be able to access this vaccine, as they are liable to health care in a foreign land, as stated in an official statement from the DHSC. It also includes, older international students or those with underlying medical conditions will fall into priority categories.
The following statement was issued by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said, following the vaccine’s approval.
“This vaccine, when combined with effective treatments, will form a vital part in making Covid-19 a manageable disease, hopefully allowing us to return to normality in the future,”
Universities minister Michelle Donelan, has conveyed his gratitude towards students for their patience at provisions introduced to tackle the spread of the virus. She has expressed her commitment to support international students during Covid-19 in her open letter to the international students.
Experts from her letter read:
“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,” she said in the letter.
“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, 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,” she added.
“Students on all remaining courses should be offered online learning from the beginning of term so they can continue their studies at home, and should be asked to return to their university over two weeks from January 25,” she said.
“Where this is the case, [the] government expects that
HE providers should help to ensure you are well looked after,” she said.
Further in her letter are directions and guidelines to be followed focusing around several key points including
- Teaching and learning
- The winter break
- Resuming or commencing courses in January 2021
- Physical health
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Covid-19 immigration concessions and post-study work offer
All the above-mentioned criteria’s are being worked upon with the utmost sincerity and all the necessary actions are being taken to ensure the safety and security of the international students.
The letter also focuses on the movements of international students over the holiday period and the new term- saying some students might have to stay on campus because of the ongoing concern. For those international students who have moved out, Donelan said that the government is advising them to return to the university during a period staggered over five weeks.
This will see students on practical courses returning first, staggered over two weeks from their normal start of term date (from January 4).
Covid-19 vaccine now accessible to international students has come as the greatest relief for all the international students. Team Ocxee is maintaining utmost care in delivering the best solution to the students associated with us and we shall continue to give you our undivided support so that we come out as a winner from this calamity.