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Overseas Students: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL674, tabled on 27 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether international students arriving in the UK for the next academic year will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations from the NHS; if so, whether eligibility for such vaccines will depend on availability of vaccines in their home country; and what assessment they have made of proposals for universities using appropriately trained personnel to administer such vaccines.

Answered on

8 June 2021

International students who live in the UK will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine for free. Their eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine here is not predicated on having had one abroad.

When students arrive in the UK, they should register with a local GP surgery as soon as possible. There may be a GP surgery attached to their university. People who are registered with a GP will be contacted by their surgery to book their vaccine via an online or telephone system when they are eligible. There is no need for students proactively to contact their GP about the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID vaccination sites are able to set up temporary vaccination clinics in a wide range of locations to ensure that patients can easily access the vaccine; this can include sites on university campuses.