Universities to Resume Academic Session in October: Latest SOP Released

Published by Afterschool.my on Sep 15, 2021, 10:23 am

Recently, an announcement has been made in regard to the reopening of universities in stages starting October 15. The Ministry of Higher Education has made this decision in line with the National Recovery Plan (PPN). 

Therefore, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for universities have been released to prevent the spread of Covid-19 while enabling students to resume their academic sessions. 

According to Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad, only those who had been fully vaccinated will be permitted to enter campus, and this rule is set not only for the students, but academic employees and non academic staff as well. 

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After 14 days of obtaining the second dosage of either the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Sinovac vaccinations, or 28 days after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson or CanSino vaccines, an individual will be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Dr Noraini also added, students who are unable to be vaccinated due to underlying medical conditions should contact their respective university for further assistance. This is to ensure that the university becomes a safe environment for students where herd immunity can be achieved at the campus. 

Students and staff who had previously registered for the vaccine but have yet to receive an appointment date will be given priority and should receive both doses of vaccine by the end of October. 

Dr Norani also stated that at this point in time, 66% of students and 90% of university staff are fully vaccinated. 

"Students' return to campuses is governed by two factors: in Peninsular Malaysia, a permission letter from their IPTs is necessary to return to campuses, meanwhile for those who are studying in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, they are subjected to the SOPs enforced by the respective state governments. Students must not only obtain a permission letter to cross state/district, but must also undergo a RT-PCR swab test.

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