International students in UK will be able to access vaccine

The country’s universities minister Michelle Donelan has also confirmed that no charges will apply to testing or treatment in relation to Covid-19.

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 vaccine will be rolled out to the priority groups including care home residents and staff, people over 80, and health and care workers, then to the rest of the population in the order of age and risk, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Some 40 million doses have been ordered of this vaccine overall – enough to inoculate up to a third of the population, and the majority of doses anticipated in the first half of next year.

The DHSC confirmed to The PIE that international students will “be able to access these vaccinations, just as they are able to access healthcare”, meaning older international students or those with underlying medical conditions will fall into priority categories.

“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,” said Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said, following the vaccine’s approval.

“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 a two week period from January 25,” she said.

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