Anti-COVID Vaccination at PSU: A Deeper Understanding

Since 8 February 2021, students, faculty and staff at Perm State University can get a free vaccination against the coronavirus infection COVID-19. May international students get vaccination at PSU? Let’s make it clear:

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are provided under the Obligatory Health Insurance policy. International students at PSU (so as with other higher institutions of Russia) have the Voluntary Health Insurance, provided by insurance companies locally and nationally. The list of services provided under such policies is determined by the policy of a particular insurance company, and the specific conditions of the VHI policy. Under VHI policies, PSU international students regularly receive medical care at medical institutions in the city of Perm. Accordingly, they may get vaccinated on their own.

It is important that the decision on free/budgetary vaccination of foreign citizens/international students is made by the responsible executive authorities locally, Perm krai, in particular. PSU international students are welcome to inform about their wish/need for vaccination against COVID-19 to PSU International Department at

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Olga Ustinova, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, PSU, comments about the necessity and principles of the vaccine:

“Vaccine prophylaxis is currently the only real way to influence the spread of infectious diseases. Having started since the 19th century, vaccination allowed mankind to defeat or take control of infections such as diphtheria, measles, whooping cough and many others. Currently, the pandemic has caused enormous social and economic damage to the entire global population. The influence upon its spread and further dynamics is possible only through vaccination. Therefore, it is simply impossible to overestimate the importance of that measure,”

states Olga Ustinova.

Who has to refrain from vaccination? And, who’s advised to take?

Those who have confirmed COVID-19, severe allergic reactions, malignant neoplasms, acute infectious and non-infectious diseases, exacerbation of chronic diseases, pregnancy or breastfeeding, as well as those under age of 18 – are not recommended to take the injection.

“The indication for vaccine prophylaxis is, first of all, the absence of antibodies to the virus in the human body today. First of all, people who have not had a coronavirus infection should be vaccinated. It should be borne in mind that modern existing vaccines are designed for a certain age group – from 18 to 75 years old,”

comments Olga Ustinova.

Perm State University reminds that when visiting the campus, employees, teachers, students and guests of the University must undergo thermometry and observe the mask regime.

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