Gibraltar becomes the first nation to fully vaccinate its entire adult population against COVID-19, including staff and students at University of Gibraltar
Last week, Gibraltar became the first territory and nation to fully vaccinate its entire adult population eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 31,094 first doses and 27,662 second doses have been given, with cross frontier workers who live in Spain but work in Gibraltar also being offered the vaccine.
As part of the Government of Gibraltar’s vaccination programme, all teaching staff and students at the University of Gibraltar - including non-residents and international students - have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
The University of Gibraltar’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Catherine Bachleda said, “All of our faculty and entire student body have been offered a vaccine, which means that we have been able to return to on-campus learning and to continue to offer a consistent, excellent student experience.”
The speed and efficiency of Gibraltar’s vaccination programme paves the way for the territory’s economy to emerge from lockdown faster - just this weekend, Gibraltar removed the regulation of having to wear masks outside and also removed the curfew that has been in place for the past year. The higher the vaccination rate in a population, the harder it is for COVID-19 to circulate. This also enables schools and universities to open for face-to-face, in-person learning.
According to a global IDP Connect survey dated October 2020, more than half (56%) of international students said that they were likely to choose their study destination on the basis of which institution offered in-person learning.
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.
According to the latest research by market intelligence body ICEF Monitor, vaccination levels are a key factor for students 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.”
The in-person interaction once again available at the University of Gibraltar, thanks to the vigorous and extensive vaccination programme undertaken on the Rock, allows for greater lecturer support and a more personal learning experience, as well as enabling students to enjoy the important social aspects of their academic lives.
David Revagliatte, Communication and Marketing Manager
University of Gibraltar
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