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Colleges, elders next for shots

OFFICIALS from the Shanghai Health Bureau said the city will start giving swine flu vaccinations to university students and people over 60 years old with local permanent residency.

They are the second batch of people in the inoculation plan after the government vaccinated most at-risk population like medical personnel, public servants, and students and teachers of primary and middle schools.

Local universities and colleges have started to inform students and staff members of the free shots.

The 600,000 students will be asked in about two weeks to decide whether to receive injections.

"School bulletin boards, the newspaper and campus Websites will publicize the inoculation plan and guide the opinion," Shanghai Jiao Tong University said in a notice yesterday.

However, a lot of students and teachers are hesitant.

"The test period of the vaccine is too short before the inoculation," said Lineral Dong, a staff member of the school.

Edward Dai, a law school postgraduate of Fudan University, said: "I believe in my immunity. The youth are not the very at-risk population and most of my classmates don't want to take the shots yet."


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