Update on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Preventive Measures (24 November 2021)
24 Nov 2021
Following the latest announcement made by the HKSAR Government, the Health, Safety and Environment Committee would like to update colleagues and students on the following:
First and Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Arrangements in Community Vaccination Centres (CVC)
Please note that the operation of Community Vaccination Centres, including Yau Oi Sports Center in Tuen Mun and Yuen Long Sports Centre, will only be extended to the end of this year. These CVCs will continue to provide the first-dose vaccination services in November, and will only provide the second-dose vaccination services in December.
Starting from December, you can receive your first dose in designated Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Stations, designated general outpatient clinics of the Hospital Authority (HA) and designated private clinics. The table below shows the nearest vaccination stations to our campus operated by HA.
COVID-19 Vaccination Station at Tuen Mun Hospital
Operation Hours: 10am to 7pm on weekdays except public holidays, with no lunch break. Last vaccination is at 6.30pm.
Tin Shui Wai (Tin Yip Road) Community Health Centre
Booking is required
If you are hesitant to get vaccinated due to personal health conditions, you are recommended to seek advice from your family doctors or review the expert opinion at https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/chronicDiseases. For those not yet vaccinated, you are strongly encouraged to conduct regular testing for COVID-19.
Third dose COVID-19 vaccination arrangements for persons under certain groups
The Joint Scientific Committees on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases joined by the Chief Executive’s expert advisory panel (JSC-EAP) recommended the following groups of individuals to take a third dose COVID-19 vaccines.
- Immunocompromised individuals
- Persons who have received two doses of Sinovac (CoronaVac) vaccines for at least six months
- Persons at 60 years or above or with a higher risk of infection who have received two doses of Comirnaty (BioNTech) vaccines for at least six months.
For details, please refer to https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202111/18/P2021111800310.htm
All members of the Lingnan community are advised at all times to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene, which is the key to personal protection against infection and prevention of the spread of the disease in the community. Special attention to the following highlights is required:
- All members shall wear masks on campus including indoor and outdoor at all times. It is important to wear a mask properly, including hand hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask. In case wearing mask is not feasible, for example when having meal or shower, please keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others.
- Under Cap.599I, any person who is entering or present in public place cannot take off their mask for smoking. The scope of reasonable excuses for taking-off mask under Cap.599I does not include smoking. Smokers are more likely to touch their mask and face with their hands during smoking, leading to increased chance of infection. Besides, smoking damages lungs and weakens immunity. Smokers who have contracted COVID-19 are more likely to develop severe complications. We appeal to all members to avoid smoking in public places, including along the bridge connecting Main Campus and SEK Campus and Pan Sutong Sports Ground, and to quit smoking whenever possible. A person who contravenes the requirement of not wearing mask at public place commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 3 ($10,000), or may discharge liability for the offence by paying a fixed penalty of $5,000.
- If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, respiratory symptoms or sudden loss of taste or smell, you should seek medical advice promptly and not come back campus for classes or work.
- To assist contact tracing, keep a diary of your schedule, for example, the places you visited and the name of people you had close contact on campus. You may also use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app to keep your visit records.
For information on COVID-19, please refer to the following links:
- HKSAR’s Thematic webpage on COVID-19 at: www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html
- Webpage of Health, Safety and Environment Committee https://www.ln.edu.hk/hse
- Webpage on Mental Health Infostation at the following link:
- Online Health Declaration Form: all students and staff shall complete this before coming to campus or when there is any change in status after last submission.
- COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Record System for Student Residents
In the academic year 2021/22, student residents are required to submit the vaccination record or testing record to the Online System. Please login the Online System via myLingnanPortal (myLingnanPortal > Student Services > COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Record System for Student Residents).
If you are suspected or confirmed as infected or required to stay in the “restricted area” for COVID-19 test or under mandatory quarantine or compulsory testing notice, please notify your department / office or any of the following teams as soon as possible:
Thank you for your kind attention.
Chairman, Health, Safety and Environment Committee