Non-vaccinated students could face ban
Boris Johnson is pushing new plans to ensure only fully vaccinated students get to attend lectures or stay in halls. This bold move has come after statistics show a low number of young people have been vaccinated. Figures show up to 2.5 million under-30s say they will get vaccinated but have not got round to it yet. So, in a bid to apply pressure, Boris is looking to target students who are due to return this autumn.
Freshers jab campaign
If the Government pushes its plans, they will require all university students to be fully vaccinated to attend lectures. This will extend to anyone in halls of residence so it really could have a huge impact on university students. The Government has launched lots of social media campaigns, including a recent video by England manager Gareth Southgate. In these campaigns, ‘vaccine passports’ are being discussed as a way to safely reopen high-risk events. The Government has also worked with dating apps and social media companies to get the message out further.
Is forcing students to get vaccinated wrong?
Should students lose out on education due to a personal preference? Kay Burley recently said on Sky News “ We must make sure we continue to prioritise education. We need to continue to encourage our young people to step forward and have the vaccination. That is the way that they can have that freedom and confidence that they’ll be able to have that full university life.”
It seems the message still isn’t clear between the government and education, and no final decisions have been made. In the meantime, students are left without knowing how university will look when they return in September. One this is looking very likely and that is students without vaccinations could be limiting their education and is this fair?