Last Friday, Youth New World interviewed 458 candidates who sat this year’s DSE exams through phone. Results showed that 44.4 percent of candidates said they will not get the vaccines, in which about three quarters worried there would be adverse side effects after vaccinations.

Findings also saw 42.5 percent of candidates said they will probably get the jabs. For those who are willing to or are considering to get the vaccines, 56.5 percent said they would get the BioNTech vaccine, while only 24.1 percent said they would get the Sinovac.

Around 13 percent of candidates said it is possible to be infected after vaccination. Only 20 candidates are inoculated.

Recently several universities required students and teachers to get the vaccines before the upcoming school year commences, otherwise they would have to undergo regular virus tests.

The survey found candidates almost equally splitted when asked whether they support the arrangement. Data revealed that 47.6 percent of candidates supported the arrangement and 49.6 percent of them opposed it.

In order to fulfil the requirement, over 60 percent of respondents said they would consider undergoing regular virus tests, and about 30 percent said they would get the vaccines.

Youth New World suggested government to strengthen measures under the vaccine bubble scheme. It also hoped education institutes would provide mobile specimen collection stations and subsidize students to undergo regular virus tests.