OVER HALF of UST’s more than 40,000 student population have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of Nov. 19, the UST Health Service said.

A total of 25,696 out of 46,543 or 55.21 percent of students have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations, while 2,448 or 5.26 percent of students have yet to receive their second doses, said Health Service Director Dr. Sheryl Dionisio.

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“We are encouraging everyone sa vaccination kasi it’s another layer of protection. It’s very important para magkaroon tayo ng herd immunity within the University,” Dionisio told the Varsitarian in an interview.

Herd immunity happens when a population becomes immune to a disease once a certain threshold number of people is vaccinated.

Dionisio also said 75.1 percent of faculty members have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This amounts to 1,979 of 2,636 faculty members.

Ninety-eight faculty members or 3.74 percent of the total teaching population have yet to receive their second vaccine jabs.

Dionisio said the University tracks the vaccination of students and faculty members through the Thomasian Online Medical Services and Support (ThOMedSS) website.

May portion kasi doon na you have to update your immunization record and upload kasi nga it’s our way para ma-check [so] we can generate the report kung ilan na ‘yung vaccinated,” Dionisio said.

In a resolution released on Nov. 16, the Inter-Agency Task Force said that only fully vaccinated individuals may participate in limited face-to-face classes in areas under Alert Level 1 to 3. Justin Benedict T. Lim


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