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Coronavirus - Updates at Unipd

23.04.2021

Notification as of April 23, 2021 - 7.50 pm

Dear all, 

The most recent decree of April 22, 2021, n. 52, and subsequent note 54344 of the Ministry of University and Research, listed below, provide that starting from 26 April universities may carry out teaching and curricular activities primarily in-person, Therefore, all lessons taught in a dual-mode that were already scheduled in person may continue.  Furthermore, taking into consideration all courses, each structure may evaluate said the course should be held in person, in a dual-mode as long as they are held incompatibly with the availability of the classrooms and implementing the safety measures the University has already adopted. 

With regards to exams graduation ceremonies, each structure may evaluate if they can responsibly offer them in person, in a dual-mode as long as they are held incompatibly with the availability of the classrooms and implementing the safety measures the University has already adopted as well as those of libraries, reading rooms and study rooms.

Sincerely,

University Rector, Rosario Rizzuto
University Director General, Alberto Scuttari

Law Decree of April 22, 2021, n. 52, article 3 paragraph 4: 

“Starting April 26, 2021, until July 31, 2021, the teaching and curricular activities of the Italian universities located in the yellow and orange areas may be carried out in person as long as they are held incompatibly with the availability of the classrooms and implementing the safety measures the University has already adopted or teaching and curricular activities following the guidelines adopted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

For universities located in red zones, the organization plans for teaching and curricular activities ... may provide for the development in the presence of the training activities of the courses relating to the first year of the courses of study or training activities aimed at classes with a limited number of students. 

All of Italy shall make plans for the organization of teaching and curricular activities provide unless otherwise assessed by the universities, the carrying out in the presence of exams, tests, and graduation sessions, orientation and tutoring activities, laboratories, as well as the opening of libraries, reading rooms and study rooms, also taking into account the specific training needs of students with disabilities and students with specific learning disabilities".

Notification from the Ministry of University and Research, no. 54344 of 23 April 2021 (extract): 

“Starting April 26, 2021, until July 31, 2021, all universities operating in the yellow and orange areas will have to adopt and apply, after consulting the regional coordination committee, organizational plans for teaching and curricular activities, the implementation of which provides for the carrying out of activities primarily in person.  …

For universities operating in the red areas must prepare their organizational plans for teaching and curricular activities, providing for the carrying out in the presence of the training activities of the teachings relating to the first year of the courses of study or training activities aimed at classes with a limited number of students.

All universities are invited to organize activities in person or at a distance based on the contexts of reference of their organizational models, the peculiarities of the various disciplines, the availability of infrastructural equipment, and the number of students, taking into account specific needs. training for students with disabilities and specific learning disabilities.

All guidelines and safety protocols referred to in annexes 18 and 22 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021 remain in force."


Notification as of April 3, 2021 - 7.13 pm

Dear all,

We share the information that the Italian Ministry of Health, with an Ordinance dated April 2 that has been just published on the Gazzetta Ufficiale on April 3, has established that the Veneto Region has been classified "orange zone" from April 6 on. Consequentrly, from April 6, the University of Padua will apply the measures of the "orange scenario", already highlighted with the previous message.

Best regards

The Rector, Rosario Rizzuto
The Director General, Alberto Scuttari


Notification as of April 3, 2021

NEW MEASURES IN PLACE AS OF APRIL 9, 2021 TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID 19 2021

Dear all,

Based on the most recent COVID 19 epidemiological data, political authorities will most likely  classify the Veneto Region as an "orange zone” starting Wednesday, April 6, 2021

This  is a result of the most recent findings by the Scientific Technical Committee, and although the official confirmation required to classify a zone must first be issued by the Italian Minister of Health, the Italian Government has established that all regions of Italy will remain as either an orange or a red zone throughout the month of April.

As of April 6, the Veneto Region will be classified as either an orange zone (most likely) or as a red zone (less likely), therefore we must be prepared for either scenario.

When the Italian Minister of Health announces the classification, we will share this piece of information, as of now we must anticipate our level of preparedness for either scenario. 

May we take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Easter, 

University Rector, Rosario Rizzuto
University Director General, Alberto Scuttari

ORANGE ZONE (MOST LIKELY SCENARIO)

  • Teaching activities are permitted to take place in person under strict compliance with the Teaching Guidelines for the University of Padua and Protocols currently in place by the University, as per annexes 18 and 22 of the DPCM dated March, 2, 2021. This will ensure an orderly resumption of in person teaching activities and will allow off-site students to participate in person or online (dual mode). The second semester starts MONDAY, APRIL 12,2021, on this date additional courses may also resume taking place on campus and in person once the availability of classrooms is verified, and  and provided that they can be provided in dual mode.
  • As of, WEDNESDAY APRIL 6, 2021, laboratory and experimental activities that cannot take place remotely will continue to be offered in person.
  • External curricular and non-curricular internships, in compliance with the anti-Covid19 security measures put in place by the host institution and required by current legislation, may also take place in person
  • Exhibitions and public opening services (outside the University) of museums will remain suspended, while in libraries and archives services will be open to the public by reservation only (service to the public and students must comply with the security measures and protocols adopted by the university).
  • In person conferences, meetings, and other events will remain suspended, and may only take place on line. All public ceremonies must take place in compliance with current protocols and guidelines and the absence of the public.  Meetings of public administrations may only take place online, unless necessary and within reason. 
  • Travel between different regions or autonomous provinces is prohibited, except travel due to work, health, study, and in person teaching activities.
  • The measures already provided for those who work from home are confirmed (see  Rep. n. 20/2020 - Prot. n. 433200 of 03 November 2020).

ORANGE ZONE AND RED ZONE (COMMON RULES)

  • Research activities as well as health and care activities will continue for professors, fellow researchers, fellows, PhD students, laboratory technicians and health technicians. The laboratories will also be accessed by students working on their thesis.
  • University's offices remain open for all research activities and technical and administrative activities.
  • Student access to the study rooms managed by the University, may only take place in compliance with the security protocols previously adopted (see note). For those in the "red zone" more restrictive conditions must be adopted by individual teaching facilities in relations with internal logistical conditions.
  • Some face-to-face services to students will be offered online. However, services that cannot be offered online, or for which the presence of a student is necessary, are permitted to take place by appointment only.

RED ZONE (LESS LIKELY SCENARIO)

  • University teaching activities may only be held online (including theoretical and practical lessons, exams and graduation sessions, curricular internships) as per the "red zone" restrictions, with the exception of courses for doctors in specialist training, specific training courses in general medicine, the activities of trainees in the health professions, which can be provided even in compliance with the safety protocols provided for in Annexes 18 and 22 of the DPCM of March 2, 2021.
  • Extracurricular internships may continue in person, online or both, on the basis of the indications of the host institution, unless otherwise provided by the regions where the internship takes place.
  • Experiential activities, including  professional clinical internships of the School of Veterinary , that cannot take place remotely can take place as scheduled according to the individual educational facilities as long as they comply with the safety protocols provided for in Annexes 18 and 22 of the DPCM March 2, 2021. By request only, external curricular internships that cannot take place remotely may take place in person as long as they comply with the anti-Covid19 security measures put in place by the host institution which are required by current Italian legislation.
  • Libraries will be open for book borrowing by reservation only. Students can reserve through the  Affluences app.
  • Travel is permitted only for work or health reasons. Travel is permitted for educators (for work) only when in person teaching is also allowed. Activities of PhD students, graduate students and research fellows are allowed as for those travelling for work.         
  • Access of staff to university offices and facilities will be limited to those activities that cannot be postponed and have to be carried out in presence, also for managing the current emergency. Staff that will not be present on site, will continue to work remotely. A complete list of the activities that cannot be carried out remotely can be found at the following link: Circolare Rep. n. 20/2020 - Prot. n. 433200 del 03 novembre 2020). 

Note: The study rooms can be used under the following conditions:

  • seats must remain at a distance of at least 1 meter
  • windows must remain open for air flow
  • the classrooms are equipped with devices with hand washing solutions for hand disinfection at the entrance to the classroom
  • entrances and exits from classrooms must follow differentiated pathways
  • classrooms are equipped with signage and information regarding personal hygiene and behavioral measures
  • regular inspection service of the classrooms will continue
  • access to the classroom is allowed after  reading and accepting the "Sars-CoV-2 Virus Contrast and Containment Protocol", present on the University website on page https://www.unipd.it/coronavirus using the function 'My badge' present in the myUnipd student app, which allows the display on the personal device of the "green check" or the printing of self-certification in Uniweb\Didattica\Autocertificazioni;
  • students who enter fill in the register present in the study room (the information must be kept for at least 14 days from the date of attendance). Inside the classrooms it is always mandatory to wear a mask and any activity other than study is prohibited
  • in the red zone, unlike the orange and yellow, study that is not provided for as a legitimate cause of displacement. Therefore, the movement of students in study rooms must necessarily refer to one of the mandatory reasons for which travel is allowed.



Notification as of March 13, 2021

Dear colleagues, 

as you know our government has adopted new and more strict measures to contain health emergency, and has announced that starting from Monday, 15th the Region of Veneto will be classified as “red zone”, according to a decree issued by the Minister of Health

Therefore, our university, according to the decisions taken by the Regional University Committee has decided to adopt the following measures, that will enter into force starting from Monday, 15th, and last until the Veneto Region will be classified as “red zone”: 

  • teaching activities (all types of lectures, exams, graduation sessions, curricular traineeships) will be provided exclusively remotely, with the exception of specialization courses for doctors, specific training courses in medicine, training activities for health professionals, which can also be delivered in presence, according to safety measures already adopted by the University (see annexes 18 and 22 of the DPCM dated March, 2nd, 2021).
  • extra-curricular traineeships will continue to be carried out in presence, online or in a blended mode, according to the indications provided by the host institution, unless differently decided by the Region where the traineeship takes place.
  • experimental activities which cannot be carried out remotely, will take place in presence following the decisions taken by each teaching unit in terms of place and time, according to safety measures already adopted by the University (see annexes 18 and 22 of the DPCM dated March, 2nd, 2021). Professional and clinical traineeships within the course of Veterinary Medicine are also included.
  • library services are offered only by appointment. Students can book their appointment through the app Affluences. For more information, please visit: http://bibliotecadigitale.cab.unipd.it/solidarietadigitale/diario-di-bordo
  • research activities, health and medical activities will continue regularly for professors, researchers, scholarship beneficiaries, PhD students, lab and health technicians. Students working on their final thesis will also be allowed to access laboratories. 
  • all the premises of the university will remain open to allow research, technical and administrative activities to be carried out regularly. 
  • access to study rooms managed by the university can take place only in respect of the safety protocols already adopted (see note). More restrictive measures will be adopted by single teaching units, according to specific logistic conditions. 
  • front-office services will be delivered online, if possible. All services that cannot be guaranteed online, or for which it is necessary the presence of the student, will be held in presence by appointment only.
  • access of staff to university offices and facilities will be limited to those activities that cannot be postponed and have to be carried out in presence, also for managing the current emergency. Staff that will not be present on site, will continue to work remotely. A complete list of the activities that cannot be carried out remotely can be found at the following link: Circolare Rep. n. 20/2020 - Prot. n. 433200 del 03 novembre 2020).

These measures will be in force until further notification, according to national and regional decisions, that will be communicated by the university using institutional communication channels. 

Best Regards,

The Rector, Rosario Rizzuto

The Director General,  Alberto Scuttari


Note: Study rooms can be used under the following conditions:
• the number of seats must be limited so that the seats are at least 1 meter apart;
• the study rooms must have windows to allow frequent ventilation;
• the study rooms must be equipped with devices with hand sanitizer which are to be used when entering the room;
• different routes to enter and exit the study rooms must be ensured;
• the study rooms must be equipped with specialsigns, information on personal hygiene and behavior measures;
• periodic inspection services must be provided;
• access to the classroom is allowed upon demonstration of having read the "Protocols for the control and containment of the SARS-CoV", available on the University website at https://www.unipd.it/coronavirus-updates using the function “Il mio badge” of the myUnipd student app allows students to make use of a personal device or print the self-certification found in Uniweb \ Didactics \ Self-certifications;
• students must fill in and sign the self-certification to access University buildings and show it each time they enter the study room, and must fill in the Study Room Attendance Register (information must be kept for at least 30 days from the date of attendance). Mask must be worn at all times while inside study rooms, and any activity other than studying is forbidden.


Notification as of March 5, 2021

The Italian Prime Ministerial Decree issued on March 2, 2021, states that the measures currently in place in combating the pandemic and preventing the spread of COVID-19, which was expected to expire on March 6 shall be extended until April 6, 2021.

The degree extends the current ban on travel between regions or provinces to be enforced until March 27. The exception of this degree includes the reason for travel due to work, health, or utmost necessity, including travel mandatory for in-person teaching.

Regarding the universities of Veneto, no changes have been made with respect to our previous situation and the current condition approved and adopted shall continue to be applied to the University of Padua, insofar that the Veneto Region remains in the yellow or orange zones.


Notification as of February 27, 2021

Covid Vaccine

Dear All,

Yesterday the Veneto Region authorized the start of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign for the University of Padua staff using the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Following the guidelines of the Region, please note:

1) The University of Padua will independently organize the vaccination of staff, in collaboration with the Preventive Medicine Service, the Departments of the Medical area, the School of Medicine and Surgery, and the Italian Red Cross (Padua branch) - a partner in this initiative. These structures will ensure the necessary medical and nursing staff needed to carry out this campaign.

2) The total number of vaccinations required by the University has already been communicated to the Veneto Region by protocol no. 24421 dated February 17, which identified a total of 9,443 people. This initiative does not include medical staff, who have already been included in the vaccination campaigns of their respective health facilities.

3) The vaccinations will be carried out in collaboration with the Red Cross, at their premises located in via della Croce Rossa, Padua. When fully operational, approximately 800 vaccinations a day will be administered. The operating procedures are currently being finalised. 

4) In keeping with the progressive availability of vaccine doses, we will adopt the following priority order:

a) members of staff actively engaged in classroom or workshop activities, in the physical presence of students, during 2020/2021 A.Y courses scheduled from March onwards (the information will be retrieved from the university's teaching and training programme software);

b) other members of staff actively engaged in lectures or workshops in the classroom, with the physical presence of the students, not included in this software, whose names will be communicated by structure managers;

c) members of staff in active service, aged 50 or over (for those over 65 we trust the Region will supply vaccine compatible with the age-group);

d) remaining staff in active service (including research fellows);

e) PhD students, non-medical postgraduates enrolled in specialization degrees, and collaborators.

In order to implement the programme as quickly and effectively as possible, we have chosen to proceed immediately by means of volunteer online registration with the vaccination programme. The link will be sent to you by today 27 February from the email address vaccinazioni@unipd.itIn this first phase it will be possible to register for vaccination until 2 pm on Tuesday, 2 March. The online registration procedure contains further instructions and information, and a consent form for the use of data. This information and consent are required in order to proceed with the vaccination. Once registered in the programme, you will be provided the necessary instructions to receive the vaccination, in compliance with the priorities set out in point 4 above and the availability of vaccine provided by the Veneto Region. 

Please note that once appointments have been scheduled they cannot be changed or modified. I am sure that you understand the reasons for this constraint, which is necessary in order to make the most of the precious doses of vaccine and to avoid delays in the roll-out of the vaccination schedule.

I would like to take this opportunity to send my best regards,

Rosario Rizzuto

Covid-19 vaccination campaign - Informations


Notification Covid Vaccine AstraZeneca 

Dear all,
It is our responsibility to inform you that on March 11, 2021, we received notice from AIFA of the precautionary withdrawal of lot batch ABV2856 of the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

The withdrawal was ordered after the reporting of adverse effects associated with the administration of doses belonging to the specific ABV2856 lot. There are no current links established between the administration of the vaccine and the reported adverse effects.

This specific lot was used prior to the AIFA notification and has been used for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the city of Padua, including doses administered through of University vaccination campaign.  The University began using this specific batch on March 4 with up to 20 vaccinated, the University began using a separate batch on March 11. Those administered with the vaccination have received a vaccination certificate with the lot number indicated on it.

A total of 3256 people were vaccinated with lot batch ABV2856, and to date, no adverse effects of any serious nature have been observed or reported. As was expected, only a few reports of modest reactions (tenderness at the injection site, fever, etc.) were reported. The Veneto Region also reported that a total of 17043 doses of the batch in question were administered in Veneto without reporting any significant adverse reactions.

The vaccination campaign will continue in the coming days as is planned.

Should we receive further communications from AIFA, the Ministry of Health, or the Region that provides for particular health surveillance measures, you will receive the relevant communication.  

Medical Coordinator
Prof. Angelo Moretto



Notification as of February 1, 2021

As of January 29, 2021, the Ministry of Health has classified the Veneto Region as a yellow zone; therefore, only article 1 of the Prime Ministerial Decree (DPCM) of January 14, 2021, applies. Under the most recent Prime Ministerial Decree, the measures relevant for yellow zones indicate that the only change, compared to that of previous regulation, are relative to the opening of museums to the public:

1) After consulting the Regional University Committee and the current epidemiological framework, the organizational plans for remotely held or in person educational and curricular activities are to remain in compliance with the guidelines set by the Ministry of University and Research. Such compliances take into account the training needs and the evolutionary pandemic changes in the Veneto Region as well as the corresponding health security needs which are to remain in compliance under the protocols for the control and management of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases.   
Therefore, the organizational plans for educational activities defined by university bodies and the safety measures already adopted by the University remain effective (see annexes 18 and 22 of the DPCM)

2)  Permission to move between regions and municipalities is valid only for those holding documented proof based on educational and work related needs

3) From Monday to Friday, with the exception of public holidays, exhibitions and services open to the public at museums and other cultural institutions are hereby permitted. Each institution must guarantee methods to avoid gathering and ensuring adequate social distancing measures of at least one meter between all persons. Libraries and archives may continue to perform services to the external public by appointment only that comply with the epidemic emergency containment measures

4) Written exams held in person for public calls (le prove scritti dei concorsi) are suspended. However, starting February 15, 2021, selected written exams for positions in public administrations are permitted in cases where the number of candidates do not exceed thirty persons for each exam site location and must adhere to the protocols adopted by the Public Function Department and validated by the Technical-Scientific Committee

5) All conference and congress activities are suspended, exception for those that are held remotely, noting that all meetings must take place remotely unless specified for justifiable reasons

6)   All measure regarding work from home are to remain in place (see circular Rep. n. 20/2020 - Prot. n. 433200 from November 3, 2020)

 


Notification as of January 15, 2021

The provisions set by the most recent Prime Ministerial Degree (DPCM) of January 14, 2021, are hereby valid starting from January 16 to March 5, 2021.

The Veneto Region is classified as an orange zone (see art. 1 and 2 of the DPCM) Therefor, the provisions that directly concern University activities will not undergo significant changes compared to that of the current situation.
Please note the following measures must be followed for all regions classified as ‘orange’ under the most recent DPCM:

1)      After consulting the Regional University Committee and the current epidemiological framework, the organizational plans for remotely held or in person educational and curricular activities are to remain in compliance with the guidelines set by the Ministry of University and Research. Such compliances take into account the training needs and the evolutionary pandemic changes in the Veneto Region as well as the corresponding health security needs which are to remain in compliance under the protocols for the control and management of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases.   
Therefore, the organizational plans for educational activities defined by university bodies and the safety measures already adopted by the University remain effective (see annexes 18 and 22 of the DPCM)
2)      Permission to move between regions and municipalities is valid only for those holding documented proof based on educational and work related needs
3)      Exhibitions and services open to the public at museums and other cultural institutes are hereby suspended.  Exceptions include libraries where services are offered by appointment that comply with the epidemic emergency containment measures
4)      Written exams held in person for public calls (le prove scritti dei concorsi) are suspended. However, starting February 15, 2021, selected written exams for positions in public administrations are permitted in cases where the number of candidates do not exceed thirty persons for each exam site location and must adhere to the protocols adopted by the Public Function Department and validated by the Technical-Scientific Committee
5)      All conference and congress activities are suspended, exception for those that are held remotely, noting that all meetings must take place remotely unless specified for justifiable reasons
6)      All measure regarding work from home are to remain in place (see circular Rep. n. 20/2020 - Prot. n. 433200 from November 3, 2020)


 

Notification as of December 4, 2020

The Prime Ministerial Decree (DPCM) of December 3, 2020, includes the updated and enforced security measures for the containment of the SARS-CoV-2 virus starting on December 4, 2020, until January 15, 2021.

University educational activities shall adhere to the following:

“After consulting the Regional University Committee and the forecasted epidemiological trend within the Veneto Region, all universities shall prepare to put into place organization plans for educational and curricular activities with respect to the evolution the pandemic within our region and corresponding health safety needs. As such, all training and curricular activities shall be carried out remotely.  While educational activities related to first-year study courses or courses with a limited number of students may take place in-person.  Other activities, including those not related to first years course studies, permitted to take place in person include laboratories, exams, dissertation sessions, and graduation tests. All in person activities must adhere to the guidelines of the Ministry of University and Research (see annex 18) as well as the University Protocols for the control and containment of SARS-CoV-2 currently in place.”

The Veneto Regional University Committee will meet again in the coming days.

Please note the continued restrictions; “all conference and congress activities are suspended, with the exception of those that are held remotely" and that "all meetings must take place remotely unless specified for justifiable reasons.” Non-University external guests may only use the library and archives services "upon reservation and in compliance with the containment measures of the epidemic emergency."  While University educators and students may conduct research and study activities within libraries, museums, and archives.

Regarding the University of Padua, the University Protocols for the control and containment of SARS-CoV-2 remain valid in accordance with the Prime Minister's Decree.


 

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