Many in the Chittoor district take the waiting and observation mode

They want clarity on the norms from the universities they want to join in the US and other countries

The students who wait for a visa for the United States of America to study at various universities despite receiving their I-20 (certificate of entitlement to non-immigrant status) are faced with a dilemma as to whether or not to get vaccinated here Jab should be done when landing on strange ground.

It is estimated that around 1,000 students in the Chittoor district will be aiming to study abroad this year, a 50% increase over the previous year. During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, more than 50% of students opted for a postponement to spring / autumn 2021, while very few flew abroad for autumn 2020 when the pandemic curve began to fall.

The aspirants are mainly in the 21-30 age group who wish to pursue PG and Ph.D programs, but the vaccination campaign was limited to those over 45 until recently.

Now they are unsure about which vaccine to choose, and many of them seem to believe that the Pfizer vaccine is better than the Indian-made Covishield or Covaxin.

Those going to the UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and other European universities have yet to decide to get vaccinated here.

“With most overseas universities starting classes for the fall session from early August, students fear that if they get the vaccine in June or July they may miss their second dose as there may not be enough gaps before it go, ”reveals a couple of foreign education advisors in Tirupati.

The Sputnik-V cans that arrived in Hyderabad in May sparked some hope in the students. “Given the speed of the pilot trials, we thought we could fly happily on a single dose with its excellent efficiency projection. But everything has not turned out the way we thought and now we have no choice but to take Covishield or wait for guidelines from our universities to know if we can fly without a vaccination and of course after the mandatory quarantine time when landing there be vaccinated, ”says Sravani (22) from Madanapalle, who received approval for MS Biotechnology for autumn 2021 and is waiting for Visa slots.

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