In early August 2021, Chao Kuang Piu College launched the initiative “Be a Responsible Generation V” to promote vaccination among college students. We also set a goal of reaching 90% vaccination rate in the new semester.
CKPC put forth the concept of a “community with a shared fate”: the weakest link in the community also bears the highest risk. Those risks must be minimized so that the overall community can be protected. Vaccination promotion is also an educational process. We aimed to improve students’ awareness of UM’s educational goals on social responsibility and healthy living.
After the Macau government issued guidelines on vaccination or weekly nucleic acid test, the vaccine encouragement plan moved forward more rapidly. By October 25 (UM’s class resumption day), the overall vaccination rate of CKPC reached the milestone of 90%, while the rate among CKPC residents was 96%.
Throughout the process, in addition to the efforts of our Residential Fellows and administrative staff, our college security guards also played a key role. While checking student’s health codes, the guards helped record the vaccine data, and patiently encouraged and reminded the students about vaccination. During the recent epidemic outbreak in Macau in early October, in addition to staying at their posts 24 hours a day, they also had to line up for nucleic acid tests. To appreciate their contributions to the protection of the college community, CKPC awarded them certificates of appreciation.