International college students race to get COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia

Lockdowns, limited supply push international students to get vaccinated

LEXINGTON, Va. – For international college students in the U.S., the pressure’s on to get their COVID vaccines.

Kittituch Yaemploy, a senior cadet at Virginia Military Institute, said that vaccine supply in his home country, Thailand, is extremely limited.

“Not many people get the vaccine yet,” said Yaemploy.

On Tuesday, he and other international cadets got their vaccines through the Virginia Department of Health.

“I feel more protection for sure,” said Yaemploy.

At VMI, 33 cadets are international. School officials said they expect most to return home this summer for required training for their nation’s military academies or to visit families, some of whom they haven’t seen in more than a year.

Virginia Tech is home to 3,500 international students.

“This is a topic that speaks to the global nature of the pandemic,” said Mark Owczarski, a university spokesperson.

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