Expat.com surveyed 3,000 expats from a number of countries and found that out of the British expats who took part in the survey, 62.9 per cent said they had been vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus and most of them lived in Spain, France and Thailand.
Only 13 per cent of the British expats who got vaccinated said that they faced difficulties getting vaccinated. Of these, 23 per cent said that they could not get vaccinated as an expat in their host countries or that the vaccine offered in their host country was not recognized in the UK.
What challenges do expats face getting a vaccine in their host country?
A few expats explained that they had trouble getting vaccinated because of the visa they were on, Expat.com reports. For example, a British citizen living in Saudi Arabia explained that he could not seek an appointment because he was on a Business Visa and had to go to a walk-in centre. Another British citizen living in Greece explained that he had not yet received a social security number and therefore, could not get vaccinated for a long time.
If we look at the data from a global perspective, then 49 per cent of all expatriate respondents (not just British) indicated having been vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.
Most of the vaccinated expats received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot (41 per cent) followed by the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot (27 per cent). Eighty-four per cent of vaccinated respondents said they had been vaccinated in their host country.
Meanwhile, 88 per cent of the respondents indicated that they faced no challenges getting vaccinated and those who did face challenges explained that the vaccines proposed to them were either not recognized by the WHO or by their home country, or that they had trouble getting an appointment.
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