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Issue 1774
The student newspaper of Imperial College London


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Imperial students access vaccines early

As many as 11% of non-medical students may already have access to coronavirus vaccinations before they become eligible to receive them as part of the wider vaccine roll out for their age group.

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Felix has found that as many as 11% of non-medical students may have already been able to access coronavirus vaccinations before they become eligible to receive them as part of the wider vaccine roll out for their age group. 

While the NHS has currently only allowed those over 30 years old to book vaccine appointments, as many as 1 in 10 have been able to source vaccines. 

These students have been resorting to a number of different measures to get themselves protected from coronavirus ahead of time. 

The most common way that students have been able to source vaccines has been by seeking out surplus doses that would otherwise have gone to waste. A number of events this week at Twickenham where 15,000 people including over 18s received their first doses and at Central Middlesex Hospital where a large number of Woodward students received Pfizer jabs. 

Felix has also heard reports that Chelsea and Westminster hospital and the Science museum have been distributing surplus jabs to students. Unfortunately, in many cases these students were contacted by friends and relatives working at the vaccine centre. 

The other large vaccination centres in London that may offer walk in surplus jabs to students include Brentford Fountain Leisure centre in Hammersmith and the Ealing vaccination centre. However, calling these places is not necessarily the correct course of action. People answering the phones are liable to snap that they have no vaccines and hang up. 


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