COVID-19 immunisation will be available for students going overseas for higher study beginning June 5th, according to the Telangana government

The Telangana government has decided to begin vaccinating students travelling overseas for higher education on a priority basis, following a special effort to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to high-risk populations. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao presided over a cabinet meeting on Sunday that resolved to make vaccinations for students heading overseas for higher education based on their admission letters a priority. The Medical and Health Department has also been directed by the government to draught recommendations for the same.

The minister also told the public about the cabinet’s decision to develop seven medical colleges in the state, namely Mahabubabad, Sangareddy, Jagtial, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Kothagudem, and Mancherial. Meanwhile, Telangana’s state cabinet decided on Sunday to extend the state’s existing lockdown for another ten days, starting May 31. However, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., the daily rest period has been raised to seven hours. According to a government bulletin, Telangana recorded 1,801 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to over 5.75 lakh, with a death toll of 3,263 and 16 fatalities.

Students wanting to enrol in universities overseas will be relieved by the decision. Several students in Telangana are considering pursuing further education abroad as a result of the Covid curbs, which are expected to open up travel and other sectors in several nations. Because Covid immunisation will be a requirement for travel and stay in nations such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe, the state government has decided to undertake a special campaign to provide pupils with the vaccine. Meanwhile, the state’s special immunisation programme for high-risk groups entered its fourth day on Monday.

Beneficiaries in this category, often known as super spreaders, were receiving vaccinations at vaccination clinics all around the state. Auto rickshaw and cab drivers, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees, those working in Rythu bazaars, grocery shops, wine shops, street vendors, salon shops, laundry service, pan shops, and vegetable, fruits, flowers, chicken, meat, and fish markets are among those who will be covered under the special drive. Over 2.70 lakh people have been immunised in the previous three days by health officials. They included around 55,000 people aged 45 and up who received their second dose.

On Sunday, 69,168 persons were vaccinated, according to Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao, director of public health and family welfare. They included 4,698 people who had their second vaccination. On Sunday, 48,708 persons between the ages of 18 and 44 were vaccinated. The vaccine was given to 41,040 people in government immunisation centres and 7,668 people in private hospitals. In the 18-44 age range, the state has immunised 1.71 lakh people so far. The specific immunisation campaign will last a week. So far, the state has given out 60.58 lakh doses. Vaccinations are being administered in 1,069 locations around the state.

The United States, Canada, and Australia, who receive the majority of Indian students, have yet to offer a vaccine passport, which is proof that the applicant has been immunised against Covid-19. However, education experts suggest that if vaccine passports are introduced, Indian pupils will be in a better position if they are vaccinated on time. They also urged other states and urban areas to do the same.

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