Will international students get the Covid-19 vaccination for free?

Will international students get the Covid-19 vaccination for free?

This article was published by the Great British Mag team on 3 February 2021.

If you are an international student in full-time education in the UK then, so long as you have paid the immigration health surcharge and have a valid student visa, you are entitled to free NHS medical care. This includes the vaccination for Covid-19.

Students from the EU with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) who are already in full-time studies in the UK will also be able to get the vaccination when it is rolled to the general adult population. It’s hoped this will happen by autumn 2021. 

Regulations have also been passed by the UK government which enable everyone to get tested and treated for Coronavirus, free of charge, regardless of their visa status. This regulation also applies to the diagnosis of the condition and subsequent treatment, even if the final diagnosis is negative.

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How will the Covid-19 vaccination be delivered to students?

The government has announced that it’s working towards all adults being vaccinated by autumn 2021, but so far has given no details as to how this will be done for university students.

Currently, the vaccination is being delivered through hospital hubs, GP surgeries, some pharmacies and even sports stadiums and conference centres.

What happens if I am in a high-risk group?

If you are living in the UK, are in a high-risk group and are registered with a doctor (GP practice), you will be contacted to have the vaccination before the autumn. If you are yet to arrive in the UK, you will need to look into having the vaccine before you travel.

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