Around 40% of Latvian university students 'might be' vaccinated

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In Latvia, approximately 40% of higher education students aged 19-24 could be vaccinated against Covid-19, but there is no exact data, said Kristafers Zeiļuks, president of the Union of Latvian Students (LSA), in an interview to Latvian Radio August 2.

Zeiļuks said that there was no comprehensive information on all students, including Master's and doctoral level students, so the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) should look for ways of collecting data on all students so that it is clear which groups should be addressed and how the universities should plan their work.

Information from some of the students' councils shows that many students are still waiting. According to Zeiļuks, the reason is the lack of communication. In his opinion, if there were sufficient information, students would be able to evaluate it and make a decision.

Zeiļuks said that if student vaccination continues at such a pace, then there are concerns about onsite learning in the autumn. The LSA will encourage the authorities and ministry to look for solutions to integrate unvaccinated students into the learning process. Zeiļuks also believes that universities should be more autonomous in deciding how to work, taking into account the situation in the establishment.

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