Vaccination and Testing Arrangements for Hostel Accommodation in 2021/22

While embracing summer, we are planning for better preparation in the next academic year. The University has issued an announcement recently entitled “Latest Health Advisories from the University for New Academic Year” to strongly encourage students to receive COVID-19 vaccination at the earliest opportunity and lay out directions on student activities and hostel accommodation arrangements for 2021/22. In alignment with the University policy, we strive to resume normal capacity at hostels while safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all our students and colleagues.

Hostel accommodation presents challenges for physical distancing. Shared spaces can also increase the risk of cross-infections. Student residents are therefore strongly encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination bookings could be made via the following link: https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/.  Students who have queries on the efficacy and safety of vaccination may refer to the recording of “Information Session on Vaccination and Testing Arrangements” held on 17 May at https://www.wys.cuhk.edu.hk/news/information-session-on-vaccination-and-testing-arrangements/. The session was conducted in Cantonese and supplemented by slides in English. You may also consult with your family doctor for medical advice.

To identify infected people who are asymptomatic, student residents who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to undergo an entry test before admission to hostel and a COVID-19 test every two weeks afterwards at their own expense. Those who have been fully vaccinated for more than 14 days can be exempted from entry and serial tests. Detailed arrangements will be worked out in due course. Students who have a contraindication to vaccination and encounter financial difficulties to cover the cost of serial test may seek assistance from College.

Whether you are vaccinated or not, all members of College should continue to follow all College preventive and control measures against COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Stay healthy and positive. We look forward to welcoming you back to the campus in September!