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FAQ - COVID-19 Vaccination

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Who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination? How to make appointments?
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Eligible members of the public can receive the third dose of COVID-19 vaccines at designated places. Please click here for details. Members of the public who have received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine with the second dose received at least 180 days ago, irrespective of whether they belong to the certain groups, can make reservations for as well as receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The online booking system is for Hong Kong residents. Some non-Hong Kong residents are also eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) but they have to make appointments in post offices rather than using the online booking system (see this link for details).

 

Same-day tickets at CVCs are also open to all eligible persons for COVID-19 vaccination (see the list). The nearest to the campus is Tseung Kwan O Community Vaccination Centre, 9 Wan Lung Road, Tseung Kwan O.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Stations have also been set up at public hospitals (see the list). The nearest to the campus is Tseung Kwan O Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Station, Function Room, 1/F, Ambulatory Care Block, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, 2 Po Ning Lane, Hang Hau.

 

Some designated clinics under the Hospital Authority also offer COVID-19 vaccination (see the list).

 

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Am I recommended for a 3rd dose COVID-19 vaccine?
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What are the 3rd dose COVID-19 vaccination arrangements?
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There are reports of severe side effects and death after COVID-19 vaccination, how can we convince University Members to take the vaccine?
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The key is to compare the rate of severe side effects and death between those who have received the vaccine and those who have not, and see if vaccination has caused any apparent increase in the rates. Based on data between 26 Apr and 23 May, 2021, the rates of death in public hospitals, acute stroke, and acute heart attack are LOWER in people who have been vaccinated, compared to those who have not. Details are available at the Government COVID-19 webpage https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/dashboard/referenceData.

 

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Will there be any compensation if someone develops severe side effects or other health problems after vaccination?​
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Severe side effects after COVID-19 vaccination is rare, however, the Government has set up an Indemnity Fund for Adverse Events Following Immunization with Coronavirus Disease-2019 Vaccines, more details are available from https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/AEFI_Fund.

 

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Will the University provide special leave for staff after 1st, 2nd and 3rd dose of vaccination? ​
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HKUST staff are allowed to get COVID-19 vaccination, either *on- or off-campus, during their work hours and do not have to take leave. However, staff should seek agreement of his/her line manager beforehand, so that the supervisor can make necessary work arrangement. Staff who feel unwell after taking COVID-19 vaccination may take the rest of the day off, and one day of sick leave without the need to produce any medical certificate other than the vaccination record. If any staff needs more than one day of sick leave because of illness after vaccination, the normal sick leave policy should be followed.

 

*Please note that the Campus Medical Clinic has previously got a limited quota for eligible HKUST members to receive Sinovac CoronaVac (科興 克爾來福) at the on-campus Clinic but all quotas have already been allocated. Please use other off-campus Government channels.

 

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Should one be given COVID-19 vaccination if a he/she is recovered from COVID-19 infection?
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According to the current recommendation of the Government's Joint Scientific Committees of Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases and Vaccine Preventable Diseases, persons recovered from COVID-19 infection is recommended to receive only one dose of COVID-19 vaccine for furthering their personal protection. Persons who wish to receive mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty [BioNTech]) should wait for at least 90 days after being discharged from COVID-19 infection. Whereas, persons who wish to receive inactivated vaccine (CoronaVac [Sinovac]) should wait for at least 180 days after being discharged. Please read the “Factsheet on COVID-19 Vaccination for Persons with Prior COVID-19 Infection

 

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Can I declare my local (Hong Kong) COVID-19 vaccination record with the Government?
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New!  Yes, declare your vaccination record via the online platform "Health & Quarantine Information Declaration" www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/ of the Department of Health.

 

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Can I have the second dose of vaccination in Hong Kong if I received my first dose of vaccine outside Hong Kong?
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Persons arriving at Hong Kong who are yet to be fully vaccinated should refer to Q&A no. 29 of this FAQ webpage https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/faq provided by the Hong Kong Government.

 

People should try their best to finish the vaccination series before arriving at Hong Kong.

 

Individuals should complete their vaccination series with the same vaccine. Further doses/booster with the same or other COVID-19 vaccine is currently not recommended. The Government currently provides the public with the following COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/vaccine.

 

Please note the quarantine and virus testing requirements for inbound travellers who have yet to be fully vaccinated. Such requirements may influence whether you are able to receive the two doses of vaccines, outside and at Hong Kong respectively, within the recommended schedule: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html.

 

For those eligible public who received first dose of vaccine outside Hong Kong, and want to have the second dose of vaccination under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Hong Kong, currently the booking system will not allow them to make appointment for second dose vaccination online. You may select your preferred Community Vaccination Centre or private clinics (if applicable) which provide the vaccine. After your quarantine period, bring along with your identity document, proof of your first dose vaccination record (with date, venue of vaccination and type of vaccine), and walk-in to the vaccination venue of your choice and approach the information booth to express your need. Vaccination may be provided by staff after clarification and consideration of relevant details, including those of the first dose vaccination.

 

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If I have received a full or partial vaccination outside of Hong Kong using a vaccine that is not available in Hong Kong, how would I complete my vaccination or receive booster dose?
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The Hong Kong Government currently does not provide any mixed vaccination service. The university will continue to monitor any development in the local vaccination program, and will seek advice from the Government when necessary.

 

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Which vaccines are recognized by the Hong Kong Government, WHO and the University?
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For persons arriving at Hong Kong whose vaccines were administered outside Hong Kong, apart from the COVID-19 vaccines already recognised for use in Hong Kong, other vaccines included on this list are also accepted: Click here for the “List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes

 

Please also follow the status of COVID-19 Vaccines within World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing / Prequalification (WHO EUL/PQ) evaluation process here. WHO recognises the vaccines of which the Status of assessment is "Finalized".

 

The University accepts the full course of all vaccines that are recognised by the Hong Kong Government, WHO and the government of the place where the individual received vaccination. The University's acceptance is subject to certificate/proof document of vaccination provided by the individual.

 

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Can I declare my non-local COVID-19 vaccination record with the Hong Kong Government?
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New!  Yes, click this link to read the relevant FAQs for more information on the arrangement for declaration of non-local COVID-19 vaccination record with the Hong Kong Government. Declare your vaccination record via the online platform "Health & Quarantine Information Declaration" www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/ of the Department of Health.

 

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Will those who get vaccinated be given privileges such as priority in hall space allocation or sports facilities reservation? Will those who undergo testing have limited access to some university facilities/services?
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Hall space allocation for Fall Semester is completed already, and vaccination status is NOT a consideration for allocation. University members who are either fully vaccinated or regularly tested are treated the same in terms of access to all university facilities or services.  

 

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Are pregnant and lactating women recommended to get vaccinated?
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New!  Refer to the Government website for FAQs of COVID-19 Vaccination Programme https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/faq.

  • Pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19 infection, especially during the third trimester of pregnancy. Symptomatic COVID-19 also increases the risk of preterm birth by 2 to 3 fold. Pregnant women should be offered the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, i.e. Comirnaty. Women who are planning pregnancy, are in the immediate postpartum, or are breastfeeding can be vaccinated with Comirnaty.
  • As recommended by the Joint Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Disease and Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases, given there are no known risks associated with administering mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to lactating women, lactating mothers are recommended to receive the Comirnaty(BioNTech) vaccines (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) as for the rest of the population; on the other hand, a lactating mother should not receive Sinovac vaccine.
  • For Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (HKCOG) advice on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant and lactating women (interim; updated on 5 May 2021), please click here.
  • The JSC-EAP convened a meeting on 23 December 2021. The experts recommended pregnant and lactating women to receive the mRNA vaccines, including a third dose, with the same administration arrangements as for the general adult population. Please click here for the relevant Government press release.

 

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