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Foreign - Bound Students Relieved After Shot Gap Reduced to 28 days | College Admission
[Published on: 09.06.2021]

Foreign-bound students relieved after shot gap reduced to 28 days

  • Students set to study abroad heaved a sigh of relief after the health ministry announced that they would be allowed to take their second Covishield dose within a gap of 28 days and not have to wait for the now-mandatory 84 days. Most students are to fly out by the third week of August and be on their foreign campuses by the end of that month, fully vaccinated..
  • Students have started to book vaccine appointments by June-end. They will have to show proof of admission abroad and we will give them their second jabs, as per rules. We are yet to receive a formal communication, said Kunal Khilani, who runs three Apollo Clinics.
  • While a large number of ISC and CBSE XII students are preparing to join undergraduate courses abroad, many PG students, who had returned home from foreign institutes last year, are also set to fly back. Most foreign campuses are now preparing to resume physical classes and suspend online classes.
  • Most of these students took their first dose of Covishield —among the vaccine being administered in India, foreign universities have accepted only Covishield so far—in the last week of May. Going by the rule book, the students would have had to wait till August-end for the second shot. Many had decided to fly to Mumbai, Pune or Kerala for their 2nd jabs as these states had requested to relax rules for foreign-bound students.
  • “The second jab on August 23 would have coincided with the day I am supposed to leave Kolkata. I was thinking of going to Kerala for it,” said Aishani Chatterjee, a Class XII student at La Martiniere for Girls, who has got admission at University of Michigan to study neurosciences. Darsh Chopra, a Birla High School student who has got admission to the University of Purdue to study maths and statistics, said, “I would have otherwise gone to Pune, for my second jab as I could not wait for 84 days.” Arvind Kumar, a PG student of Public Policy at King’s College, London University, has to go back to the UK. “I am so happy the Centre has thought about our predicament. I was discussing how to negotiate the problem,” Arvind said.

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