Due to the spread of the vaccine throughout the United States, college campuses are in the process of being rebuilt. See how U.S. universities are working to ensure that international students can study in person.
Dear students, parents and counselors!
This fall, international students are scheduled to study in the U.S. in person and on campus. Allowing students to study in person is a priority not only for university executives and staff, but also for Biden’s new administration. This year, we have seen that on-campus learning proceeds safely with an increase in vaccine distribution, special distribution plans, and a commitment to student health and safety. U.S. universities and institutions are taking all the right steps – and implementing the right policies – to welcome international students again.
As the increase in vaccinations allows our campuses to be fully open, demand will be high for both domestic and international students. So, international students are wise to do their best to secure a place now: Suppose you will study in person. Contact sooner rather than later. Don’t wait to send a deposit in case the place runs out, and start planning trips and getting visas as soon as possible. If you can enroll and travel even earlier (such as summer), it will put you in a better position.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on with vaccinations so you can continue with confidence – and intentionally fast.
Spread of the coronavirus vaccine
The Biden administration announced this last week by the end of July the vaccine will be enough for 300 million people. At the time of publication, US officials ruled (on average) 1.5 million shots per day, with more than 41 million already receiving the first dose – this is the largest spread from any country in the world.
In addition, the vaccines proved to be incredibly powerful: the Pfizer vaccine showed 95% effectiveness in preventing COVID-19, and the Moderna vaccine – 94%. According to Dr. Anthony Foci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), while the number of cases used in the United States, vaccines used are still highly effective, which is encouraging the trend of returning students to school .
Not only are vaccines showing promising results, but new treatments are also encouraging. At the University of Kansas, for example, researchers began Fr. promising new clinical trial for outpatient treatment of those treated for coronavirus, covers home remedies delivered by tablets, injections and nebulizers. Along with vaccines, these treatments are taking important steps toward full recovery in the United States.
American university campuses have priority vaccinations in recovery plans
Vaccines are a major part of all American university recovery plans, as are recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thus, when international students enter the campus, they can expect increased sanitation, social distancing, mask and quarantine requirements, and reduced visitor numbers in classrooms and dormitories according to the latest CDC guidelines.
If you have questions about your school’s vaccination policy, ask your counselors to better understand the specific actions being taken.
Students will have access to vaccines on campus
As the spread of the coronavirus vaccine spreads across the United States, many campuses will host vaccination sites – and some are already doing so. For example, in January, The University of Auburn has received 3,500 initial doses of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine, and began a phased vaccination process based on the highest risk levels and CDC recommendations. As supplies across the country increase, expect more campuses to follow suit. At the University of Kansas, Chancellor Doug Giraud has offered university resources and staff (including KU pharmacy students) to assist in regional vaccination efforts.
“We have the resources to really increase the rate at which we can get these vaccines into arms if we have the stockpiles to do so,” Giraud said during a recent weekly call about COVID-19.
Due to the increase in vaccines, we expect that both domestic and international students will be able to get vaccinated on campus. In addition, university insurance policies may offer special coverage of health and safety measures COVID-19, including financial assistance for testing for those who show symptoms, waiver of own costs for the treatment of those who fell ill, and free vaccinations.
When we look forward to summer and fall, there are many reasons to feel hopeful. International students, you can be confident in your decision to study in the US.
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