MORE THAN 82 percent of the University’s student population have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations as of January 2022, the UST Health Service said.

Based on the data provided by Health Service Director Dr. Sheryl Dionisio to the Varsitarian, 38,535 or 82.90 percent of 46,480 UST students have received either both doses of two-dose Covid-19 vaccines or one shot of single-dose vaccines.

A total of 342 students (0.73 percent) have yet to receive their second doses.

Also, 1,943 (84.62 percent) of UST’s 2,296 teachers have been fully vaccinated. Nineteen (0.82 percent) of them have yet to complete their vaccinations. 

Data showed that 97.56 percent (681 out of 698) of the University’s non-teaching personnel have been fully vaccinated.

The Health Service data also showed that 353 students, 111 teaching personnel and 34 non-teaching personnel contracted Covid-19 in January, the month the Omicron Covid-19 variant surged in the country.

Of these cases, 284 students, 78 teaching personnel, and 28 non-teaching staff have already recovered.

F2F preparations

In an email to the Varsitarian on Feb. 2, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Cheryl Peralta said the University remained in the process of preparing documentary requirements and conducting risk assessments necessary for the resumption of limited face-to-face (F2F) classes.

According to Peralta, the risk assessment takes the following into account:

  • health status of the University staff and students who will participate in the limited F2F classes;
  • nature of the learning outcomes that need to be accomplished; and
  • program-specific government policies for limited F2F classes.

Most health-related programs have resumed F2F classes following Metro Manila’s placement under Alert Level 2.


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