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CoronavirusRapid test opportunities for staff

24 March 2022

Rapid antigen tests

The university continues to offer one rapid coronavirus antigen test per week, for self-administration, to those members of staff who are in frequent contact with the public and/or students during their work on campus, or whose work situation does not allow them to regularly maintain the minimum distance. This arrangement applies initially until further notice, but at the longest until the current Federal Coronavirus Ordinance on Occupational Safety ceases to apply on 25 May 2022.

Participation in the test is voluntary and free of charge for staff members. Whether they accept or decline the offer, employees will not suffer any disadvantageous consequences. The executive staff of the university are asked to document the weekly tests for their staff to which the above-mentioned criteria apply – in an informal but comprehensible manner.

Conducting tests should be understood as a supplement to the existing coronavirus hygiene protocols and the coronavirus risk assessments with the corresponding established protective measures. Compliance with these rules must therefore be kept up.

The rapid antigen tests offered by the university can be carried out by the employees themselves in the form of an anterior nasal swab; the result is available in 15 minutes. The rapid tests are certified and have been approved by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices for use by non-professionals.

If the test result is positive, a validation of the result by a professional PCR test will be required as soon as possible and the staff member must immediately go into isolation at home.

The rapid antigen test kits will be procured by the central university administration and financed by central funds. Depending on the campus where they are located, institutes and facilities can use a form to order the required number of rapid antigen tests, which will then be collected from two distribution points, or delivered. The further distribution to the staff will take place afterwards in the institutes/facilities. To simplify further distribution, delivery will initially be of 5-unit packs, which will cover the demand per staff member until after Easter.

Distribution to Campus Altstadt, Bergheim, Philosophenweg and Landessternwarte

The heads of the institutes and facilities in these campus areas should use this form for ordering the rapid antigen tests. After you have ascertained your requirement, please send it to the procurement office using the form button “Send order” ("Bestellung senden"). The form is currently being updated but can already be used.

Contact for queriesCovid19.Bedarf.Altstadt@uni-heidelberg.de 

Distribution to Neuenheimer Feld Campus

The distribution to the institutes and facilities on the Neuenheimer Feld campus will take place through the central store facility of the Central Services Neuenheimer Feld (ZNF). Please coordinate your requirement within the institutes and facilities, using the delivery form for prior orders, and collect them in one package per institute from the central storeroom. Do not forget to bring along the delivery form signed by the head of the institute.

Contact for queriesCovid19.Bedarf.INF@uni-heidelberg.de 
Distribution point: : Central store facility, Im Neuenheimer Feld 367, 69120 Heidelberg
The shop of the Neuenheimer Feld central store facility is on the ground floor of the INF 367 building. Please use the northern entrance opposite the INF branch of the University Library.