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Hostel Vaccination Policy - FAQs

 

A. Full COVID-19 vaccination requirement for residency on NUS campus
  1. Why is COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for residency on NUS campus from AY2022/23?

    Ans: NUS has aligned its COVID-19 safe management measures with the latest guidelines and anticipates that almost all student activities will be able to resume in AY2022/23. The hostel is a closely-knit community with frequent close interactions among the residents. To provide as safe an environment as possible while supporting a rich student life, NUS has adopted a 100% COVID-19 vaccination policy for hostels with effect from AY2022/2023.

  2. Who needs to comply with this policy?

    Ans: All individuals residing in NUS hostels – students, residential staff and their families.

  3. What is required under this policy?

    Ans: The individual must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have been certified medically ineligible by a Singapore doctor to be eligible to check in and reside in the hostel.

  4. What is the full COVID-19 vaccination status?

    Ans: Full COVID-19 vaccination status requires that a person is up-to-date on the primary course and any booster jabs prescribed under the prevailing government guidelines.

  5. Where can I get information on Singapore’s vaccination requirements?

    Ans: Please refer to the Ministry of Health for information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Singapore.

  6. Where can I get information on NUS’s COVID-19 vaccination and safe management in campus student accommodation information?

    Ans: NUS circulars, FAQs, emergency contact numbers, and useful links on the COVID-19 situation are also available at emergency.nus.edu.sg.

    The COVID-19 safe management measures and NUS student accommodation protocols are available at https://nus.edu.sg/osa/student-services/hostel-admission/housing-agreement.

  7. Will there be exceptions made for students who are unable to receive vaccination due to medical reasons?

    Ans: The only exception will be for students certified by a Singapore doctor as medically ineligible for vaccination. Your vaccination status in uNivUS will reflect as “Medically ineligible” after uploading your medical certification.

  8. Will new International Students for AY2022/23 without "Vaccinated" status be allowed to check into their hostel?

    New
    international students will be given an exemption period from 18 July – 7 October 2022 (both dates inclusive) for them to finalise their vaccination status (student’s pass, Singpoass, serology test) and Singapore National Immunisation Registry (NIR) to sync into uNivUS app.  After setting up their Singpass, they can download a copy of their Singapore vaccination certificate for submission on uNivUS.

    During the exemption period, their vaccination status in the system will be ‘Unvaccinated’, until a valid Vaccination Cert is uploaded from HealthHub (https://www.healthhub.sg/) or Notarise (https://www.notarise.gov.sg/) into uNivUS.

    Students may book an appointment for the serology test at University Health centre (UHC) or visit a private healthcare provider (https://flu.gowhere.gov.sg/) for the Serology test. Refer to UHC FAQs on booking an appointment for the serology test and the related information.

  9. Will there be an exemption for new/returning Singapore Permanent Resident Students or returning International Students who are currently overseas (in either their home country or any other country) and unable to get booster shot, and are planning to return to Singapore for the booster shot?

    Ans: These students arriving from locations that do not have access to the approved booster may submit a request for exemption to check in to the hostel through the Hostel Admission FAQ & Email Portal. If approved, they will be allowed to check in to their hostel, but they need to get their booster within 7 days of check-in.

  10. Will there be an exemption for students who had previously recovered from COVID-19 infection to check in to the hostel?

    Students who have previously recovered from COVID-19 infection overseas or locally may have their previous infection taken into account in the computation of vaccination validity status (refer to OMRC Circular 003/22 paragraph). They may check in to the hostel if their vaccination status is deemed valid after review by the Office of Risk Management and Compliance (ORMC).

    1. For students who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 infection overseas

      • To be recognised as having recovered from a COVID-19 infection, Ministry of Health (MOH) requires individuals who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 overseas to see a doctor in Singapore with supporting documents for their infection, recovery and discharge, and to do a serology test.
      • Students may book an appointment for the serology test at the University Health centre (UHC) or visit a private healthcare provider (https://flu.gowhere.gov.sg/). Refer to UHC FAQs on booking an appointment for the serology test and the related information.
      • Upon receiving a positive serology test result from the doctor, the student may apply to ORMC to take into account their previous infection in the computation of the vaccination validity.  Application may be made to the Approver (Mr Yam Guan Shyh yamgs@nus.edu.sg and Mr Ravindran s/o Sockalingam ravi19@nus.edu.sg , see ORMC Circular 003/22 Annex A paragraph 1.

    2. For students who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 infection in Singapore

      When a student has been tested COVID positive with ART+ or PCR+, done and administered at a clinic or a MOH’s Combined Test Centre (CTC), or via a Supervised SelfTest at Quick Test Centre (QTC), has completed the MOH isolation period and been discharged, the individual is recognised as recovered from COVID-19 infection. The student may to apply ORMC to take into account their previous infection in the computation of the vaccination validity.  Application may be made to the Approver (Mr Yam Guan Shyh yamgs@nus.edu.sg and Mr Ravindran s/o Sockalingam ravi19@nus.edu.sg , see ORMC Circular 003/22 Annex A paragraph 1.

     

 
B. Housing application and housing offer

  1. Will this vaccination requirement be reflected in the application form, and is the student required to upload the vaccination certificate during the application process?

    Ans: The housing application is through UHMS. The vaccination requirement is published on the website and updated in the UHMS application and offer acceptance processes.

    There is no requirement to upload the vaccination certificate to UHMS as part of the application process. However, you need to ensure that your vaccination status is shown as ‘Vaccinated’ in the uNivUS before checking in to the hostel. You may do so by uploading your vaccination certificate there.

  2. Am I required to acknowledge acceptance of the vaccination requirement? When?

    Ans: Yes, as part of the housing offer acceptance process, students are required to acknowledge this requirement in the UHMS portal to complete the process.

  3. I have accepted the housing offer which states that I need to be fully vaccinated in order to be eligible to check-in.How and when will I know if I am eligible to check-in?

    Ans: Once you have updated your vaccination status in uNivUS and it is reflected as ‘’Vaccinated’, the admissions team will be able to verify your eligibility for check-in. you do not need to take any additional action (see Section C below).

    If your status in uNivUS has not been updated, you will be sent a reminder to upload your vaccination certificate and update your status before 15 July 2022. 

  4. What happens to the existing residents who are unvaccinated and have already secured accommodation from AY2022/23?

    Ans: Students should ensure they are fully vaccinated or get a Singapore doctor to certify them medically ineligible for vaccination before 15 July 2022, and before their check-in to the hostels for AY2022/23.

    Alternatively, students should inform hostels to cancel their current bookings before 15 July 2022. Students who voluntarily request to withdraw their AY22/23 booking before 15 July 2022 will be able to get their acceptance fee refunded.

  5. How will the hostels with double rooms (for RVRC/ Halls) be affected if one of the occupants already allocated to the double room is unvaccinated?
    Ans: All students need to be fully vaccinated in order to stay in the hostels starting from Semester 1 for AY2022/23. 

 
C. Before Check-In

  1. I am informed to declare my vaccination status in the uNivUS. I do not know how to or I have issues declaring my vaccination status in uNivUS.

    Ans: Please refer to https://emergency.nus.edu.sg/ under Declaration of Vaccination Status for the detailed steps to declare your vaccination status in the uNivUS.

    If you still encounter issues after following the steps in the guide, please write to itcare@nus.edu.sg.

  2. Who will verify the residents’ vaccination status before they check in?  And how and when will the process be conducted?

    Ans: Verification of vaccination status to determine the eligibility to check-in will be conducted via the uNivUS:

    • Early check-in: Housing Services (HS) will verify the vaccination status two weeks before the check-in date.
    • Mass check-in: Hostel Admission Services (HAS) will verify the vaccination status on 15 July 2022.

    The hostel Management Office or Hostel Admission Services will inform those ineligible to check in within two working days.

  3. How many verification exercises will be conducted? When will the students be informed of their vaccination status after the verification exercise(s)?

    Ans: The preliminary verification of all residents’ (with AY2022/23 hostel stay) vaccination status will be conducted progressively after each Housing Offer Exercise. For residents who are not vaccinated and not exempted from vaccination, Housing Admission Services/ Residential College and NUS College Admin Office will send email reminders after each Offer Exercise to ensure that their Vaccination Status are shown as ‘Vaccinated’ by following up on their vaccination regime and/or uploading their vaccination certificates from HealthHub into uNivUS  before end June.

  4. I am informed by NUS after the vaccination status verification exercise that I am not eligible to check in as I am not fully vaccinated. Will the housing offer be cancelled and fees refunded?
    Ans: Unvaccinated students should inform hostels to cancel their current bookings before 15 July 2022. Students who voluntarily request to withdraw their AY2022/23 booking before 15 July 2022 will be able to get their acceptance fee refunded.
 
D. After Check-In

  1. Will the residents’ vaccination status be monitored during the semester after they have checked in to the hostels? 

    Ans: Monitoring of students’ vaccination status during the semester and vacation will continue until further notice.

    According to ORMC circular Ref: ORMC 007/22, unvaccinated hostelites will continue to upload a valid FET result to uNivUS every Sunday and Wednesday.

    This will include:

    i) medically ineligible for vaccination;

    ii) those whose vaccination status lapses during the semester

    For new International Students for AY2022/23, you will not need to do any FET test during the exemption period (until 7 October 2022). During the exemption period, your vaccination status in the system will be ‘Unvaccinated’, until you upload a valid Vaccination Cert (from HealthHub) into uNivUS.

    For returning International Students with ‘Vaccination in Progress status’ for AY2022/23, you will not need to do any FET test during the exemption period (until 2 September 2022). During the exemption period, your vaccination status in the system will remain ‘Vaccination in Progress’, until you upload a valid Vaccination Cert (from HealthHub) into uNivUS.

    The hostel’s Residential Life Team and Residential College/ NUS College Admin Office will follow up with unvaccinated students after final verification and/or during official check-in, including international students and exchange students after their exemption periods.

 


Hostel Admission Services (HAS)

Student Service Centre
      University Sports Centre, USC-03-07 
      2 Sports Drive 1
      Singapore 117561

Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday: 9:00am – 5:30pm 
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm 
Closed for lunch: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Saturday/Sunday/Public Holiday: Closed

HAS FAQ & Email Portal

www.hosteladmission.nus.edu.sg

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