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Staff and students included in Gibraltar’s Covid-19 vaccination programme

25th March 2021
Gibraltar has become the first country in the world to vaccinate its entire population from Covid-19. The rollout has made headlines across the world thanks to its speed and efficiency.
The speed and efficiency that countries are rolling out vaccination programmes matters because the higher the vaccination rate in a population, the less able COVID is to circulate, and this paves the way for economies to emerge from lockdowns faster – and for schools and universities to re-open to in-person learning. In a global IDP Connect survey dated October 2020, more than half (56%) of international students said they were likely to choose study destinations on the basis of which institution offered in-person learning.

Staff and students offered vaccine

As part of the Government of Gibraltar’s vaccination programme, all University of Gibraltar teaching staff and students – including non-residents and international students – have been offered a Covid 19 vaccine. The University of Gibraltar’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Catherine Bachleda said, “The fact that all our faculty and entire student community have been offered a vaccine means that we have been able to return to on-campus learning and continue to offer a consistent excellent student experience.”
According to new research by market intelligence body ICEF Monitor, vaccination levels are a key factor when choosing a University. The report states that “The pace and thoroughness of the mass vaccination effort now underway in countries around the world will have a big impact on what the coming academic year looks like, especially in terms of in-person teaching and learning.”
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