Details on Vaccine Pass implementation
18 Feb 2022
Further to our announcement on 31 January about the Vaccine Pass (https://www.ln.edu.hk/announcement/20220131/update-on-teaching-arrangements-work-arrangements-and-vaccine-pass), the University would like to provide further details:
- Implementation date:
1.1. 24 February 2022 (Thursday)
- Persons affected
2.1. All persons entering the Lingnan University campus will be required to have completed their first dose of vaccination by 24 February, and the second dose by 21 April 2022. One dose of vaccine is required for teenagers aged between 12 and 17 by 21 April.
2.2. According to the Government, by late June 2022, people over 18 who have received their second dose nine or more months prior will be required to take their booster dose. Teenagers aged between 12 and 17 must have taken at least two doses of vaccine six months after their first dose.
3.1. Children under the age of 12.
3.2. Those who are medically unsuitable for vaccination are required to obtain an Exemption Certificate issued by a registered doctor, and conduct recognised COVID-19 viral test once every three days.
- Exemption Certificates (only for those medically unsuitable for vaccination)
4.1. According to the Government, a transitional period of about three months (until 30 April 2022) will be provided for the Exemption Certificate arrangement. During the transitional period, private doctors can still issue non-electronic copies of the Exemption Certificate following the template compiled by the Department of Health, and the relevant paper copy of the Exemption Certificate can continue to be used during the transitional period. After the transitional period, all Exemption Certificates without an encrypted QR code will not be accepted. For details of the Exemption Certificate, please refer to https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/27/P2022012700615.htm.
- Recognised COVID-19 viral tests (only for those medically unsuitable for vaccination with an Exemption Certificate)
5.1. For information about authorised COVID-19 test services, please visit https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/early-testing.html. For those medically unfit for vaccination, you are required to conduct recognised COVID-19 test every three calendar days and scan the QR code of the latest result in the LeaveHomeSafe app.
5.2. No financial subsidies will be offered since the University accepts the results of free COVID-19 tests such as the deep throat saliva test offered by the Hong Kong Government.
5.3. Results of self-test kits for COVID-19 are NOT accepted.
5.4. In view of the possible delay of testing results due to overwhelming demand, flexibility may be given to those who could present proof of awaiting testing results when they enter the campus.
- Use of LeaveHomeSafe mobile app（安心出行）for Campus Access
6.1. The LeaveHomeSafe will replace the current Campus Entry Permit and Visitor Management System when entering the Lingnan campus. (You are still encouraged to submit your vaccination record to the Campus Entry Permit System available at myLingnan Portal and LU Mobile on a voluntary basis).
6.2. Please download the LeaveHomeSafe app at https://www.leavehomesafe.gov.hk/en/ and update it to the most recent version.
6.3. Store your vaccination records or the Exemption Certificates and recognised COVID-19 test result by scanning the relevant QR codes using the LeaveHomeSafe.
6.4. Those with non-local COVID-19 vaccination records may register your records with the Government through voluntary declaration to obtain a QR code and store it in the LeaveHomeSafe app. Please refer to https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/pdf/nonlocalvaccFAQs_ENG.pdf (English), https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/pdf/nonlocalvaccFAQs_CHI.pdf (Chinese).
6.5. Scan the venue QR code using the LeaveHomeSafe at the campus entrances, then show the QR code of your vaccination record or Exemption Certificate in front of the QR Code Verification Scanner. Please refer to the demonstration videos below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8r4CeNA5q4 (English), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNGPsZvf2X0 (Cantonese).
6.6. You are strongly advised to make sure the information uploaded is true and accurate. Members making false declaration may be subject to disciplinary or legal actions.
6.7. Those who have an invalid vaccine pass will be banned from entering the campus.
6.8. Staff and students are also required to show valid LU identity card to the security guards upon entering the campus.
6.9. Visitors are required to show the invitation letter issued by departments to security personnel upon access.
6.10. You are advised to scan the QR code upon entering individual buildings/facilities on campus with the LeaveHomeSafe, where applicable, to facilitate potential contact tracing.
- Access to hostels and Visitors’ Quarters
7.1. Hall and quarters residents should use their Lingnan identity card to access the hostels/quarters.
8.1.1. When face-to-face classes resume, students barred from entering the campus will be regarded as absent.
8.1.2. According to University regulations, a student who has been absent without leave for a period exceeding 30 calendar days in the aggregate in any term will be considered unofficially withdrawn from studies, and a student whose accumulated leave of absence exceeding one-third of the term will not be assessed or awarded credits for the courses they have enrolled in that term.
8.2.1. Staff members must apply for annual leave or no-pay leave if they are barred from the university campus.
The University deeply appreciates your understanding and cooperation with the new arrangement.
Office of the Comptroller (cofm@LN.edu.hk)
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
18 February 2022