CoHE Requests Inclusion of Universities in Vaccination Program

December 17, 2020 


The Council of Higher Education asked the Ministry of Health to include academic staff and healthcare professionals working in university hospitals and training and research hospitals, and academics and administrative staff working in higher education institutions to be included in the priority list of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

CoHE sent a correspondence containing its proposals regarding the COVID-19 vaccination program to the Ministry of Health. In the correspondence, it was stated that general priorities would be determined by considering the factors such as infection risk, mortality rate, and negative social impact risk among various population groups during the vaccinations to be administered within the scope of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also reminded that it was announced healthcare workers, citizens aged 65 and older, the elderly, adults with disabilities and those staying in shelters would be vaccinated according to these priorities.

- It is important to include academics and administrative staff at universities in the priority list for vaccination

The following statements were made in the correspondence:

"In this context, it is obvious that it is extremely important to evaluate academic staff and healthcare workers working within the framework of the legislation on collaboration between health research centers (university hospitals) at Turkish universities, and universities and training and research hospitals affiliated to the Ministry of Health for priority vaccination.

Furthermore, it is also important to include academics and administrative staff working in higher education institutions in the priority list of the vaccination program in order to ensure that the face-to-face education activities in Turkish higher education institutions can start as soon as possible and are carried out gradually in a healthy way.”

- CoHE: "We are ready for all kinds of cooperation for gradual vaccination"

It was also noted that CoHE was open to all kinds of cooperation for gradual vaccination if their proposals on this issue were approved by the Ministry.