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Get vaxxed or go home, UST warns

Get vaxxed or go home, UST warns

The University of Science and Technology is requiring all students and teaching staff to upload their Covid-19 vaccination or testing records, or else be banned from accessing the campus.
In an internal e-mail released yesterday, UST said a "Vaccination/Testing Reporting" system for uploading relevant records would first be opened to students Wednesday next week, but has yet to announce when the system will open to teaching staff and other staff members. Upon uploading the records, students and teachers will have to present an electronic "campus access pass" for accessing campus starting next month.

"Members will need to be either vaccinated or undergo testing every two weeks, and upload relevant records to the system to receive the electronic pass," UST said.

"For members undergoing regular testing, the system will generate new due dates for submitting test results and send reminders to the members concerned."

The system submission and electronic pass arrangements also cover regular visitors and contractors.

For family members and domestic helpers of students living on campus, students will help them by declaring their vaccination status or bi-weekly testing records in the system on their behalf.

However, they will have to present an electronic pass as well to access the campus.

Fully vaccinated members will receive an electronic pass that is valid until the end of this year.

And those who have only received one vaccine dose locally will receive an electronic pass that is valid only for 30 days.

"This should allow them adequate time to complete the second dose," UST said.

"If they fail to complete the second dose within 30 days, they will be required to submit regular testing results to the system until they have taken the second dose."

As for members opting to submit test records - valid for 14 days - they must submit them between August 19 and August 31.

"After the input is received, the system will calculate the next due date ... The new due date will become the valid date that is shown on the electronic pass."

If students do not respond or submit relevant records by the due date, the system will alert the students as well as their program directors, the university warned.

UST added in its e-mail: "The concerned students' access to campus and campus facilities with access control (eg halls, library, sports facilities, etc) will be denied immediately until the University's requirements are satisfied."

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