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Free Corona rapid tests also for students

The Thuringian Ministry of Economy, Science and Digital Society announced this afternoon that students can now take advantage of two free Corona rapid tests per week at the universities. The costs for this - as well as the costs for the tests for employees - are to be borne by the respective universities themselves.

The ministry refers to the Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance of the federal government in conjunction with the regulations of the statutory accident insurance institutions. According to this, state occupational health and safety regulations (such as the Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance of the Federation) are also to be applied to accident-insured persons such as students, even if they are not employees.

Since the start of lectures on 11 October, the University of Erfurt has been offering its unvaccinated students (and employees) the opportunity to carry out self-tests under supervision and, in the case of a negative test result, to have a certificate issued for admission to classroom lectures and examinations. Until now, however, students have had to bring their own test kit.

The university will offer the tests free of charge to students at the test centre as soon as possible. However, due to the short notice of the Ministry's communication, we cannot guarantee to be able to serve all requests, especially in the first few days. We ask for your understanding for this.

Irrespective of this, the University of Erfurt is also once again appealing to students to get vaccinated - for their own protection, but also for the protection of others and especially those who cannot get vaccinated (yet) for medical reasons, such as children. The largest possible number of vaccinated people is a prerequisite for maintaining attendance this semester and beyond.