Vaccines are now playing a big part in international travel as countries begin to open their borders.  

Simran Kumari is an international graduate student at The University of Tennessee, but her student visa expires in December. She said she hopes to get her vaccine before traveling abroad, although she has struggled to find an appointment on campus. 

Kumari is working with the Indian Embassy in hopes that she can stay here in the United States while renewing her student visa, although if that plan falls through, she will have to travel back to India. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has India listed as a moderate threat for COVID-19, whereas the U.S. is listed as a very high threat. 

More info: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

Kumari said her family is not comfortable with her coming home because they are still waiting to be vaccinated.