The governments of Telangana (https://www.health.telangana.gov.in ) as well as other states across India have taken a crucial decision in favor of students going abroad to study and have planned to start vaccinating those students who are about to go abroad for the pursuit of higher studies. The decision has come as a huge relief for students from different states in India, during Telangana who were planning to take up a course of study in colleges and universities abroad. As several countries are planning to open up their borders after Covid related lockdown and other curbs, various students in Telangana are hoping to travel abroad to pursue their higher studies.
Students going to study abroad to be vaccinated on a priority
Students are expected to be given their vaccine shots on priority, based on their admission letters to international universities and colleges situated abroad. New guidelines in this regard are expected to be released soon. The vaccination for Covid is expected to a pre-condition for entering many countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Europe, and others, the government has decided in favor of launching a special drive to provide Covid vaccine shots to students.
This decision will greatly benefit students as it will provide them with an opportunity to travel abroad to pursue higher studies. All through the year 2020 and for most of 2021, students who have gained admission to various universities in countries across the world had to miss out on an international learning experience due to lockdowns imposed due to the spread of the virus, which came in various waves. This caused an impact on students both directly and indirectly and deprived them of the chance of having the experience of living and studying in a foreign country, which is one of the most enriching experiences of studying abroad and forms an integral part of the same. A vast majority of students whose classes moved online were forced to take their lessons from their country of residence and could not travel abroad. This new decision by the government will allow students to travel abroad and study in their country of choice and is therefore being welcomed enthusiastically by students from across all states where vaccinations are expected to be given
Students from other states are hoping that their states too will follow suit and provide vaccination as soon as it is feasible for students who are hoping to travel abroad for their higher studies.
When is the vaccination drive expected to start?
The vaccination drive for students who are planning to go abroad for their higher studies is expected to start from June 5th in the state of Telangana, and the health department has declared that it will be launching a separate portal for students to register themselves for the same. Students who are eligible to take this vaccine will be able to register at the facility and book their shots online from June 4th, 2021 onwards.
Where can you get the vaccination?
The Telangana government proposed to open a separate facility for vaccination of students going abroad for higher education at the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) at Narayanguda. An online slot booking system for the convenience of these students will be rolled out on June 4. The link for this facility will be made available at https://www.health.telangana.gov.in. Vaccination will commence and slots will be available from June 5.
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Which vaccine shot is better for students?
At present both Covaxin and Covishield are being administered across India with Sputnik vaccines also expected to start soon. However as the Covishield vaccine is the only one being recognized internationally and WHO approval still awaited for Covaxin, students should take the Covishield vaccine to minimize their hassles while traveling abroad