The Malta Independent 21 January 2021, Thursday

Medical students in clinical settings moved up on priority list to get Covid-19 vaccine

Jake Aquilina Thursday, 14 January 2021, 09:38 Last update: about 6 days ago

The Health Authorities have moved medical students who work in clinical settings up in the priority list to get vaccinated, Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU) said.

This comes after medical students urged the government to consider placing them on the priority list for vaccination against Covid-19, as they work in settings where they could be easily exposed to the virus, such as in swab testing centres. The Medical Association of Malta had also spoken about the issue.

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A letter sent to the students read that, "following discussions with the Health Authorities, it was agreed that students in clinical settings will be given priority for vaccination."

The Faculty of Medicine & Surgery compiled a list of students from M. D. Clinical Years, B. Sc. (Hons.) Pharm. Sci (All cohorts), M.Pharm, and Pharm D (All Cohorts) in order to be included in the Priority List for Covid-19 vaccination.

"The Authorities of Mater Dei Hospital asked us to indicate the persons who are vulnerable as these will be given priority," the letter reads.

The medical students will have an opt-out system, meaning that unless they inform the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery that they are vulnerable or that they do not want to take it, they have to inform the Faculty by no later than 14th January.


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