Dear teaching staff, dear students,
Even in the break between semesters, face-to-face practical and other courses, as well as examinations, are still taking place.
Since 24 August 2021, these activities have been subject to a new ordinance of the State of Thuringia (Revised version of the Thuringian SARS-CoV-2 Ordinance on Infection Protection Measures) (in German).
According to Article 22 of the ordinance, only people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 or have been tested are permitted to attend face-to-face courses, examinations, aptitude test procedures, selection procedures and admission examinations. In German this is referred to as the “3-G Principle”, for “geimpft/genesen/getestet” (vaccinated/recovered/tested).
Alongside the 3-G Principle, the general regulations on social distancing (a minimum of 1.5 metres) and on wearing a nose and mouth covering remain in force. You must also continue to comply with the university’s infection prevention plan (PDF, 2,3 MB) (in German).
The security service that already operates at the University of Jena will carry out random 3-G checks to verify the vaccinated/tested/recovered status of people on campus.In practical courses and seminars with manageable numbers of around 20 students, lecturers are free to carry out 3-G checks themselves. If you do not have documentation to prove your status, you will not be permitted to attend the course or seminar. To take part in a study or field trip, you must provide the leader of the trip with proof of vaccination/test/recovery in advance.
How to prove your status
You must have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines published on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute and at least 14 days must have passed since the second vaccination. Proof of vaccination can be provided as an electronic document (e.g., Corona-Warn-App, CovPass-App) or in paper form (COVID certificate of the EU or vaccination certificate).
People who have recovered from COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated must be able to show a positive PCR test that was carried out at least 28 days and at most six months previously.
A daily rapid antigen test (lateral flow test) or a PCR test is considered proof of having been tested. The test must have been carried out at most 72 hours previously. Self-tests carried out on site under observation are not accepted. Exceptions are self-tests carried out under observation as part of face-to-face practical training, labs and excursions.
You can find the locations and opening times of test centres in Jena on https://gesundheit.jena.de/de/schnelltestmoeglichkeiten-in-jena.
How to arrange vaccination before the start of the semester
Vaccination appointments are available at short notice, for example, on the Thuringian Vaccination Portal (Impfportal Thüringen) on www.impfen-thueringen.de (in German) or at general practitioners. In addition, there are numerous vaccination campaigns specifically for students. You can find information about these on https://www.uni-jena.de/en/Impfung_Studierende.
We wish you all the best and good health for the remaining weeks before the start of the new semester.
Dr Klaus Bartholmé
Head of Administration and Finance of Friedrich Schiller University Jena