Students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) who want to live on campus must either get a Covid-19 vaccination or take a test for the virus every two weeks, under a new policy.

The requirement was disclosed on Wednesday on a Facebook page entitled “CUHK Secrets”, which is operated by students at the Sha Tin university. An anonymous post displayed a purported email from a college, stating that the allocation of student hostel rooms for the upcoming academic year would be based on vaccination status.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong. File photo: GovHK.

“Fully vaccinated students will be prioritised. If space allows, unvaccinated students will room with other unvaccinated students and their access to common spaces may be limited,” the email read.

In response to HKFP’s enquiries, CUHK said on Thursday that vaccination way an effective method to curb the spread of Covid-19 and the university has encouraged all students and staff to get jabs.

Starting in September, unvaccinated student residents will have to get tested every 14 days at their own expense. Those who are not vaccinated and do not comply with the testing requirement will not be given a place in the student hostel, the university said.

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“Whether they are vaccinated or not, all members of CUHK should continue to follow anti-epidemic measures, including wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently,” CUHK said in an emailed statement.

CUHK was the first local university to impose a vaccination requirement on student residents. So far, around 1.11 million Hongkongers have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines, while about 718,700 people are fully vaccinated.

On Thursday, Hong Kong registered three new coronavirus cases, taking the infection total to 11,817 with 210 deaths. Among the new infections, two were imported and one was linked to a previous local case.

Kelly Ho

Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.