Testing and vaccinations

This page has information about self-tests and vaccinations and answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Vaccinations for students

You currently have various different options for receiving your Covid-19 vaccination, for example

1. Vaccination from your family doctor or specialist

2. Vaccination at the Erlangen vaccination centre

It is also quite straightforward for students who do not (yet) live in the Erlangen-Höchstadt district to organise a vaccination at short notice.

After registering

If you register at the Bavarian vaccination portal impfzentren.bayern you will be offered a vaccination within a short period of time.

You can register even if you do not have a home address in Erlangen. When you register, just use either the University’s address (Schlossplatz 4, 91054 Erlangen), the address of your student accommodation, or the vaccination centre’s address (Sedanstraße 1, 91052 Erlangen).

Without registering (walk-in days)

The vaccination centre also offers regular ‘walk-in days’ where anyone can drop in at the centre and get a vaccination without registering first. All you need is proof of your identity.

Vaccinations without prior appointment at vaccination centre ER/ERH (Sedanstr. 1, 91052 Erlangen):

  • Friday 23 July, 2:30 pm until 7 pm
  • Tuesday 27 July, 1 pm until 7 pm
  • Friday 30 July, 10 am until 7 pm

If you have any questions about registering or booking an appointment, please contact the vaccination centre hotline: + 49 9131 86 6500

For our international students:

As it stands at present, the vaccination centre in Erlangen will remain open in September. The government has not yet decided about October.

If you need our help to organise a vaccination appointment, please contact corona-informationen@fau.de

3. Vaccination at the exhibition centre Messe Nürnberg, hall 3C

During the examination period, students from FAU can be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine from either Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna in hall 3C without an appointment and irrespective of their home address. You can have your first vaccination and/or second vaccination here. There should be three to six weeks between your first and your second vaccination. It helps if you could bring your vaccination booklet, but you don’t have to. At your appointment you will receive documentation about the vaccination which you can then use to obtain your digital certificate of vaccination.

Vaccinations for University staff

Regulations on working hours for vaccination appointments with doctors or at vaccination centres

Generally, vaccination appointments are a private matter and should be organised in the employee’s personal time. However, it is in the interests of the university and further infection prevention that as many university staff as possible get vaccinated.

Unless there are any compelling official reasons not to do so, the duration of a Covid-19 vaccination appointment may therefore count as working time. The employee must inform their manager of their absence in advance. For areas in which working hours are recorded, the employee may record their time as ‘Arztgang’ (doctor’s appointment).

The working hours recorded on this day may not exceed the daily maximum working time including time recorded for the vaccination appointment and travel to the vaccination centre. University Administration staff should use the form Anrechnung von Arbeitszeit in besonderen Fällen (Recording of working time in exceptional circumstances). In this specific case, proof of the appointment duration is not required from the doctor or vaccination centre.

Vaccination quota at NÜRNBERGER Versicherung

As company doctors can now provide vaccinations, FAU is able to offer its staff an additional opportunity to receive a vaccination against the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. FAU has reached an agreement with NÜRNBERGER Versicherung to use its vaccination centre at Ostendstraße 100 in Nuremberg. The vaccination centre is operated by IZ Bayern GmbH, which also operates vaccination centres for the city of Nuremberg.

FAU employees can contact the Occupational Medical Service if they have any medical questions about the vaccination.

The Occupational Medical Service hotline is available Monday to Friday between 11am and 12 pm at +49 9131 85-24100 for medical questions about the coronavirus vaccination.

Please refrain from asking questions via e-mail. We cannot answer any questions about prioritisation.

Please send any questions regarding organisational aspects to corona-informationen@fau.de

You can now have a digital vaccination certificate printed off directly at the vaccination centre.

 


Self-tests

Incorporation of self-tests into FAU’s hygiene guidance

To gain a better understanding of the use of self-tests in the context of FAU’s hygiene guidance, some information from our medical experts has been included below. A detailed statement is available in the document called ‘Stellungnahme der FAU zur anlasslosen Schnell- bzw. Eigen-SARS-Cov-2-Tests’ (in German).

  • Since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, FAU has quickly and consistently established, communicated and regularly evaluated a wide range of comprehensive protective and hygiene measures while continuously taking new scientific findings into consideration and observing public health policy. These measures have been and continue to be suitable for minimising SARS-CoV-2 infections among staff and students at FAU if they are followed consistently.
  • A general rule is that the validity of antigen rapid tests depends directly on the proportion of infected persons among those tested as well as on the sensitivity and specificity of the tests. Specifically, this means that during the current epidemiological situation in Erlangen and Nuremberg, the predictive value for an actual infection is very low, or poor, and that the number of incorrect test results is considerably higher than the number of infections correctly detected.
  • Due to the limited sensitivity of rapid antigen tests, these can also lead to false negative results, which means they do not detect an infection, even though one is present, especially in the early stages of an infection where the viral load is still low.
  • A negative rapid antigen test can provide a false sense of security and thus promote a willingness to take risks while ignoring hygiene guidance.

Each negative SARS-CoV-2 test result therefore only represents a momentary snapshot. Bearing that in mind, you should continue to comply with the currently valid protective measures and hygiene guidance at FAU.

Tests

Tests are an extra tool which can help break the chain of infection and allow us to offer face-to-face sessions again as safely as possible, whilst monitoring the situation closely. The general and specific guidance, instructions and recommendations relating to hygiene and infection prevention – in particular the provisions stipulated in the Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures and the FAU hygiene guidance – shall not be affected by the requirement for testing, and must still be observed at all times. This applies in particular to keeping your distance and wearing a mask wherever it is required.

In addition to the testing options offered to employees stipulated in the SARS-CoV2 Occupational Safety Directive (Corona-ArbSchV) and the general testing facilities available to all members of the public, universities are offering students options to test themselves in a bid to ensure that face-to-face teaching can resume.

FAU will provide a reasonable number of self-tests for students attending classes on campus (distribution via Dean’s Offices).

After consulting with Occupational Safety, session coordinators can also offer regular tests on a more regular basis for specific areas where this would make sense (e.g. excursions, contact sports, music, art or other face-to-face sessions where it is not possible to keep the minimum distance).

Testing obligation if case numbers go over 50

If the 7 day case numbers published online by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) go above 50 in the administrative district where the university is located, anyone attending face-to-face sessions must once more submit proof of a negative test twice a week pursuant to Section 4 of 13. BayIfSMV. The obligation to do a test ceases to apply as soon as the 7 day case rate in the administrative district where the university is located remains below 50 for five consecutive days. The new rules come into effect two days after the threshold is reached.

A test certificate can be issued according to the terms of the Regulations governing Covid-19 Preventative Measures (SchAusnahmV) if approved in-vitro methods of diagnosis are used, the test is taken a maximum of 24 hours previously and the test is carried out or supervised by a service provider pursuant to Section 6 (1) Coronavirus Test Regulation.

FAU will not set up a test centre of its own.

The following options are available:

  • PCR tests are available to the general public in Bavaria at local test centres and doctors. A test certificate is then issued by the service provider and must be shown before attending the face-to-face session for which a test is required.
  • Antigen rapid tests for professional use (‘rapid tests’) must be conducted or supervised by medical staff or other people trained in this respect. They are usually offered at local test centres, pharmacies and test centres run by the local health authorities. If a rapid test returns a positive result, you must self-isolate and refrain from entering FAU premises. As stipulated in Section 8 (1)(1) IfSG, you are obliged to inform your local health authorities (Gesundheitsamt) that you have tested positive.

Exception to the obligation to show a negative test result for people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from an infection

According to current infection prevention regulations, asymptomatic people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from an infection are not required to show a negative test result. In order to be classed fully vaccinated you need to have received a vaccine against Covid-19 approved in the European Union, to have written proof of vaccination in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish or an electronic document, and to have had your final vaccination at least 14 days ago. In order to be classed as recovered from an infection with SARS-CoV-2 you are required to have written proof of vaccination in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish or an electronic document. The infection must have been confirmed with a PCR test and must have been diagnosed between 28 days and six months previously. If the infection with SARS-CoV-2 was longer than six months ago, you are exempt from taking a test if you can prove that you have contracted the virus and have had one single dose of a vaccination against Covid-19.

  • Anyone who has been fully vaccinated or has recovered from Covid-19 may not attend a face-to-face session if they show the typical symptoms of an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. They are also excluded from attending if they are proven to currently have an active infection.
  • People who have been vaccinated or have recovered from an infection must show their vaccination certificate or proof of having recovered from an infection before attending a face-to-face session for which a test is required.

Frequently asked questions about self-tests

Members of staff and assistants received a batch of tests in the post at the beginning of May, sufficient to last for five weeks.

Anyone who has used up their contingent of 2 tests a week can order more self-tests from corona-selbsttest@fau.de.

Please note that we cannot accept orders for extra tests any earlier than June.

Teaching staff can order the tests they themselves need by writing to corona-selbsttest@fau.de, whilst tests for students are provided via the Dean’s Offices and distributed by the lecturers.

Students who are attending classes on campus in the summer semester can get self-tests from their lecturers. The tests are delivered to the Dean’s Offices at the faculties and schools, from where they are then distributed. Please contact the Deans if you have any questions.

Members of staff who work on site either full time or part time can take a self-test twice a week if they wish.

Students can carry out a test once a week at home if they like. More tests can be provided after Occupational Safety has checked the hygiene concept for specific on-campus classes.

Testing is not compulsory.

FAU will not set up a test centre for health and safety reasons and because of budget constraints. Staff should therefore take the self-test themselves at home before going to work. Testing at work would mean that staff have already travelled to work and would potentially come into contact with others unnecessarily on their journey home if they test positive.

If you have any symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 or have been in contact with anyone infected with the virus, you should take a self-test. At the most, self-tests should be considered as a ‘supplement’ to FAU’s hygiene guidance. Before taking part in a class on campus, participants can take a self-test at home if they feel it is necessary. More information about FAU’s hygiene guidance for on-campus classes is available on our website.

Each test includes instructions from the manufacturer in the box. In addition, you can watch an instructional video provided by the Bavarian State Ministry of Public Health and Care Services or read the instructions in this quick reference guide. Self-tests should be carried out at home. If staff with disabilities have problems with carrying out the test themselves, they can take a test at a test centre. Time off work will be granted to travel to the next test centre and for taking the test.

The results of rapid tests and self-tests are not as conclusive as those of a PCR test. You can still be contagious on the day you take a test and the following day, even if the result is negative. Please also note that a negative result is not a ‘free ticket’ that enables you to ignore any rules regarding hygiene measures.

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate immediately and avoid any contact with other people as much as possible as you might be highly contagious. If you did not take the test at home, you must go home straight away using the most direct route. Please observe social distancing and hygiene rules during the journey. To confirm the result of the self-test, make an appointment for a PCR test without delay by contacting either your general practitioner or by phoning the ‘Kassenärztliche Vereinigung’ on 116 117. You will be given instructions on how to proceed further. In addition, please also observe the applicable measures governed by employment law.

FAU has established efficient hygiene guidance for conducting on-campus examinations. This could be supplemented by the use of self-tests. The Ministry has yet to make a statement about this issue.

Further information