by DAWN DANIELLE SOLANO
THE UNIVERSITY would allow only fully-vaccinated individuals to enter the campus for the limited in-person classes and onsite work after Metro Manila escalated to Alert Level 3 due to rising COVID-19 cases, the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG) said.
In a memorandum dated Jan. 3, the OSG released the terms for the work and learning arrangements in line with the Resolution No. 155 of the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF), implementing the maximum 30 percent indoor and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity, effective Jan. 5.
“The University shall observe the ‘No Vax Card, No Entry’ policy. The University staff and students shall be required to show their vaccination cards at the entrance of each building,” UST Secretary General Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. said.
“For fully vaccinated individuals, onsite work and LF2F (limited face-to-face) classes for higher education shall be allowed at a maximum of 30% indoor venue capacity and 50% outdoor venue capacity,” he added.
For whether work or study, the permitted fully-vaccinated individuals are those who are at least two weeks past having received the second vaccination of a two-dose vaccine, or the first dose of a one-shot vaccine.
The OSG also strongly encouraged the remote work arrangement for the University staff, while those required to work onsite shall comply with all the health protocols and standards, including the staff needed in the implementation of limited in-person classes.
“[H]eads of departments and units shall determine the work arrangements of their staff, appropriate to the nature of operations of a department or unit and/or nature of work of each University staff,” the memorandum read.
Additionally, eligible individuals for booster shots were also urged to take their booster doses as soon as possible.
“Those who are qualified to receive a booster dose are strongly encouraged to avail at the soonest possible time in anticipation of the requirement for a booster dose in order to be considered fully vaccinated,” the OSG added.
Metro Manila has been placed under Alert Level 3 from Jan. 3 to 15. F