At Verto Education, the health and safety of our students is a core priority. Student and family preparations play a big role in ensuring Verto students are able to have life-changing experiences without interruption. So, what can you do now to prepare?

In terms of vaccinations for our semesters, Verto would like to stress that we legally cannot make official medical recommendations since we are not licensed or insured to do so. However, Verto can provide some suggestions to help you prepare for your semester abroad.

At this point, Verto does not require any specific vaccinations for participation in our semesters including Covid-19, but we do strongly recommend students discuss appropriate vaccinations with their general practitioner or travel doctor as early as possible before departure. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve globally, there may be circumstances that require Verto students and staff to be fully vaccinated before entering a destination or boarding a flight. We will continue to keep all students and families informed should these vaccinations become required.

We also suggest you do the following to ensure a healthy and safe semester:

  1. Research your country or countries of travel. Refer to your semester’s itinerary and understand the locations you’ll be visiting to help determine your risks.
  2. Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn about recommended and optional vaccines and medications specific to your travel destinations. 
  3. When specific questions or concerns arise regarding personal medications or vaccinations, contact International SOS (ISOS) and talk with their medical specialists at 215.354.5000. You will be provided a membership number from your Student Success Coach once you’re officially enrolled and accepted onto a Verto semester.  
  4. Discuss this information with your general physician or local travel doctor. If you don’t know how to find a local travel clinic, here are a few suggestions:
    1. Call your general physician, let them know your travel plans, and ask for travel doctor referrals. 
    2. Contact your local Public Health office. 
    3. Look up www.passporthealthusa.com for recommended travel clinics in your area.
  5. Check with your current insurance provider before paying for any vaccinations. Some vaccination and medication expenses may be covered by your existing medical insurance provider. It’s always good practice to discuss these expenses with your insurance provider before paying out of pocket.

Pro-Tip: Lead-time is important with certain vaccinations. Some immunizations involve a series of treatments spanning several weeks. We suggest taking action at least eight weeks prior to your departure date.

At Verto Education, our semesters help students seek purpose and meaning through top-quality experiential education. That all starts with a healthy cohort of staff and students. Please consider utilizing the resources above to check in with your physician as soon as possible and don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you need any assistance.