Coronavirus - Updates at Unipd

Protocols and guidelines


Notification as of January 8, 2022

The 7 January 2022 Italian Law Degree establishes the extension of the vaccination obligation to university staff, regardless of age and those subject to certified health conditions.

More specifically, the degree establishes that "from 1 February 2022, the vaccination obligation for the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection ... applies to the staff of universities, institutions of high artistic, musical and dance educational training, and institutes of higher technical studies."

The vaccination obligation is defined as:

  • completion of the primary vaccination cycle (first and second dose), of which a basic Green Pass is then issued
  • receiving a booster shot (third dose), administered to reinforce the validity of the basic Green Pass from the primary cycle, of which a “Super Green Pass” is then issued

For students, the obligation to possess and exhibit the basic Green Pass remains effective.


 

Notification as of December 27, 2021

The 24 December 2021 law degree established that Italy’s state of emergency caused by the pandemic remains in effect until 31 March 2022.

Consequently, all the measures set to expire on 31 December 2021 remain in effect until 31 March 2022. Measurements include the obligation to possess and exhibit a Green Pass for university staff, students and anyone entering the university buildings.

Communication: Extension of state of emergency and measures to combat and contain the epidemic from Covid19 - Law Decree 221 of 24 December 2021


 

Update for November 26, 2021

On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a Law Decree introducing urgent measures for the safe conduct of economic and social activities to contain the spread of COVID-19. See the official government press release (available in Italian only).

The Decree addresses a series of containment measures for the "fourth wave" of the Sars-Cov2 pandemic in the following areas: 

  1. Vaccination obligations and the third dose  
  2. Extended vaccination obligations in new categories
  3. Reinforcement of the Green Pass 
  4. Strengthening controls and promoting the vaccination campaign

The vaccination obligation, including the third booster shot, extends to all personnel working within health facilities, including those involved in the technical and administrative functions.  Therefore, all University of Padua faculty and staff affiliated with the health service are obligated to follow the updated vaccination requirements.

With respect to the current situation, there are no significant changes for the remaining members of the university staff and students. However, holding and demonstrating a valid Green Pass for all university staff and students, as well as any related penalties, remains in place.

The decree includes a Reinforcement of Green Pass between December 6 to January 15, stating that only vaccinated citizens will have access to activities in the yellow, orange and red areas. 

With reference to the university activities, including institutes located in white areas, an Enhanced Green Pass is required for events open to the public, including ceremonies and activities offering indoor catering services.

Summary of the Law Degree:

  • At the end of the previously recommended vaccination cycle, the validity of a Green Pass falls from 12 to 9 months. Starring from the date of administration, those vaccinated with a third booster shot increase the validity of a Green Pass by an additional 9 months.
  • The third dose, or booster shot, can be administered 5 months after the second dose. This includes citizens under 40 years old. 

Communication sent to the University staff on November 17 includes a statement from the University's preventive medicine service regarding the third dose.

The administrating the third dose, or booster shot, of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the health authorities – subject to the procedures specifically addressing health workers by relevant health structures, is to be facilitated and arranged via the health district (ULSS) of the individual’s local residence.  

For those residing in Veneto, please consult the regional website dedicated to the vaccination campaign. For those residing outside Veneto, please consult your respective regional websites or visit the Government website for more information.


Update for September 10, 2021

During the session held on September 9, The Council of Ministers passed a Decree Law stating that anyone who wishes to access Italian University structures must possess and show a valid COVID-19 Green Pass.
Other measures for university staff and for university students were confirmed.
Please see the following government statement


August 31, 2021 Notifications (Updated on September 9, 2021, with the 21/2021 Circular)

The University has adopted the operating procedures for verifying COVID 19 Green Certificates of university staff members and students under the provisions of Law Decree no.111 of August 6, 2021, and the Minister of University and Research Circular of September 1, 2021, such procedures may be subject to further governmental provisions.

Operating procedures verifying the COVID-19 Green Certifications of personnel who carry out their services at the university are as follows are governed by Rector’s Degree no. 3081 of August 31, 2021, as well as the Director General’s Circular of August 31, 2021 updated on September 8, 2021:

  1. As of September 1, 2021, all staff members carrying out services within a University structure must possess and show a COVID-19 Green Certification to or a Certificate of Medical Exemption for COVID-19 Immunization issued by the provisions contained in August 4, 2021 circular of the Italian Ministry of Health.. An appropriate staff member validates COVID-10 Green Certificates using the ‘VerificaC19’ app.
  2. In addition, as of September 1, 2021, all staff members carrying out services within a University structure are required to complete the online form “Self-Certification to Access University Buildings (Dichiarazione di accesso alle strutture universitarie)” available at the following link: https://accessostrutture.unipd.it. Personnel without a SSO identifier can download the ‘Self-Certification to Access University Buildings’ form at the follow link.
  3. Alternatively, personnel not in possession of a valid COVID-19 Green Certification nor a Certificate of Medical Exemption for COVID-19 Immunization must still complete the “Self-Certification to Access University Buildings (Dichiarazione di accesso alle strutture universitarie)” form indicating when they received their first vaccination dose or that they have booked their second vaccination dose appointment before September 30, 2021. However, this temporary solution does not qualify personnel to participate in teaching activities held in-person at the University. The effectiveness of this solution is valid only until September 30, 2021, for which the form must be replaced by a new one declaring that they are now in possession of a valid COVID-19 Green Certification or a Certificate of Medical Exemption for COVID-19 Immunization.
  4. For personnel partaking in a justifiable absence on September 1, 2021, (holidays, recoveries, expectations, leave, full day leave, maternity and paternity leave, illness, an accident ...) are required to fill in the “Self-Certification to Access University Buildings (Dichiarazione di accesso alle strutture universitarie)” by the first day of return to in-person services.
  5. Apart from the obligation to fill in the self-certification form, personnel must show a COVID-10 Green Certificate to an appropriate staff member validated by the ‘VerificaC19’ app.
  6. The Self-Certification to Access University Buildings (Dichiarazione di accesso alle strutture universitarie) form requirement is valid until December 31, 2021, (deadline for the end of the state of emergency). In the event of any changes in the conditions for issuing the Covid-19 Green Certification or the Exemption Certificate (for example expiration of validity), the access declaration shall automatically expire and all personnel will be required to fill in a new one, with updated data.

Personnel who carry out their service at the University include all staff members who work at the University, regardless of the work regime adopted. Personnel is defined as teaching staff (full professors, researchers, and contract professors), technical and administrative staff, CEL staff, agricultural workers, and staff of research bodies holding an agreement with the University. This also extends to any staff member carrying out activities within the University (coordinated and continuous collaborators, students 200 hours, volunteers civil service, doctoral students, postgraduates, postdocs, fellows, contractors, visiting professors and staff of external companies who ordinarily carry out their duties at universities).

As of September 1, 2021, all students must also possess a valid COVID-19 Green Certification or a Certificate of Medical Exemption for COVID-19 Immunization.  As of September 13, 2021, all students must also complete the form “Self-Certification to Access University Buildings (Dichiarazione di accesso alle strutture universitarie)” available at the following link: https://accessostrutture.unipd.it. An appropriate staff member validates COVID-10 Green Certificates using the ‘VerificaC19’ app carried out on a sample basis in relation to the flow of students.

The operational procedures for resuming in-person teaching activities, exams and graduation ceremonies are published at the following link: Student Guidelines for the return of in-person teaching activities.

Accordingly, Protocols for the Control and Containment of SARS-CoV 2 has been updated

Please see the updated FAQ


August 9, 2021,  Covid Notification

The Italian Law Decree of August 6, 2021, no. 111 states "The urgent measures for safe schools , universities, social and transportation activities", establishes that for the academic year 2021-2022 the teaching and curricular activities of universities carried out primarily in person starting from September 1, 2021, requires all personnel (teachers and staff however named) and university students must possess and are required to exhibit the green COVID-19 certification (Green Pass). For personnel who do not possess or exhibit the green certification, sanctions may include suspension from service with deprivation of remuneration. The green certification of students is randomly verified with methods established by the universities.

More in detail, the decree law establishes the following:
1) in the academic year 2021-2022, until 31 December 2021, the teaching and curricular activities of the universities are carried out primarily in person
2) To allow activities to be carried out in person:
a) the use of masks are mandatory, with the exception of those who have pathologies incompatible with the use of such devices
b) it is recommended to respect an social distancing of at least one meter, as per the structural-logistical conditions of the building allows
c) it is forbidden to enter or remain in the premises for subjects with respiratory symptoms

Universities may derogate from the said provisions
a) for students who have completed the vaccination cycle or have a valid certificate of recovery may participate in educational activities.

Such provisions can be waived only for regions in the orange or red zones, based on the initiative of the Presidents of the Regions or Mayors, in exceptional and extraordinary circumstances due to the onset of outbreaks.
In order to protect public health and maintain adequate safety conditions in the provision in the presence of the essential education service, it is also established that:

1) From September 1, 2021 and until December 31, 2021, all school staff of the Italian national education and university system, as well as university students, must possess and are required to exhibit the COVID-19 green certification (Green Pass)
2) Failure to comply with the provisions referred to in paragraph 1 by schools and university staff is considered unjustified absence starting from the fifth day of absence resulting in suspension of employment relationship and loss of remuneration or other remuneration or emolument is due, however named.
3) The provisions referred to in paragraph 1 do not apply to subjects exempt from the vaccination campaign on the basis of suitable medical certification issued according to the criteria defined in the circular of the Ministry of Health.
4) school managers and the heads of the children's educational services as well as the equal schools and universities are required to verify compliance with the requirements referred to in paragraph 1. The verifications of the COVID-19 green certifications are carried out in the manner indicated by the decree of the President of the Council of Ministers adopted pursuant to article 9, paragraph 10. Further verification procedures may be established with a circular from the Minister of Education. With reference to compliance by university students with the requirements referred to in paragraph 1, the checks referred to in this paragraph are carried out on a sample basis in the manner identified by the universities.
5) violation of provisions referred to in paragraphs 1 and 4 is sanctioned pursuant to article 4 of the decree-law of 25 March 2020, n. 19, converted, with amendments, by law 22 May 2020, n. 35.

Circular from the University Rector and Director General

Communication from the Rector to the students


 

August 6, 2021,  Covid Notification

In the August 5, session of The Council of Ministers the Law Degree stating, “The urgent measures for the safety of school activities, in the field of universities and transport”, takes effect as of September 1, 2021.

According to the new Government measures, "all university staff and university students (which can be randomly controlled) must be holders of a Green Pass." The University of Padua joins the Veneto Region in adopting new Government measures ensuring a safe start to all academic and educational activities in September.

Information For Receiving The EU Digital COVID Green Certificate 

University Rectors of the Veneto Region have issued a joint statement


 

July 24, 2021, Covid Notification 

The Italian Law Decree of July 22, 2021 states that as of August 6, 2021, access to the following services and activities are permitted to those carrying a valid Covid Green Certification 

  1.  indoor seated catering services 
  2. public performances, sporting events and competitions
  3. museums, cultural institutions, and exhibition centres
  4. swimming pools, gyms, team sports, wellness centres, indoor facilities 
  5. festivals, fairs, conferences, and congresses
  6. health spas, amusement parks
  7. cultural centres, indoor recreational centres (including those that exclude educational activities for children), summer centres, and related catering activities
  8. gaming rooms, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos
  9. public calls (concorsI) 

Provisions do not apply to those excluded from the age requirements for the Italian vaccination campaign as well as those exempt from the campaign bases on medical conditions that are certified by the Italian Ministry of Health Circular. 

Under article 9 of the Italian Law Decree of April 22, 2021, the COVID-19 Green Certification includes the following: 

  1. anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination, completion of all required doses (valid for 9 months) 
  2. full recovery from COVID-19 infection, completion of the required quarantine cycle in compliance with the criteria established with the Italian Ministry of Health (valid for 6 months)
  3. negative test results from a rapid or molecular antigen SARS-CoV-2 virus (valid 48 hours)

Information For Receiving The EU Digital COVID Green Certificate 


Notification as of June 24, 2021 - 6:30 pm

Based on the June 5, 2021 Region of Veneto Ordinance no. 83, along with D.R. Rep. no. 2245 of June 15, 2021, the protocol for the management and containment of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has introduced the following new features:

a)   Conventions, congresses and similar events are permitted to take place, according to provisions based on "Guidelines for the return of economic and social activities " in forced and declared in the document " Prevention and containment measures for the reopening of conferences, congresses, events, corporate conventions and events similar activities" of the University

b)   Public ceremonies comply with the protocols and guidelines, only if suitable measures ensure the prevention of large gatherings.

The University must adhere to the following: 

  • Guaranteeing adequate space that allows for the social distancing of at least one meter from others and complying with all required sanitary measures
  • Mask wearing at all times
  • Guaranteeing adequate ventilation of the premises by opening windows, weather permitting
  • Registering names of participants and keeping them on file for a minimum of 14 days

c)   All meetings and seminars, including those of the collegial bodies, are permitted to be held in person or remotely.

In-person activities must adhere to the following:

  • Guaranteeing adequate space that allows for the social distancing of at least one meter from others and complying with all required sanitary measures
  • Mask wearing at all times

Concerning teaching, the Ministry of University and Research, with The Minister's Circular of June 23, 2021, states; “considering the recent ordinance of the Minister of Health of June 18,  which places all the Italian regions in the white zone, except Valle d'Aosta that remains in the yellow zone until June 27th, plans for the organization of teaching and curricular activities must be prepared with the expectation to be carried out in-person. This includes training activities, exams, tests and graduation sessions, as well as other activities referred to in art. 3 of the D.L. n. 52/2021. The guidelines and safety protocols referred to in annexes 18 and 22 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of March 2, 2021 remain active and have not been modified by the decree law of April 22, 2021, n. 52 and in particular art. 23, paragraph 2, of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021, which provides for measures to safeguard the continuation of teaching for the benefit of students who are unable to participate in in-person teaching or curricular activities, and ensuring them remote methods or various recovery options.

The University has prepared an auto certification form for students to explain to their professors why they cannot participate in taking in-person exams 


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