In the new academic year, anti-epidemic measures for universities will not change. This was announced on Friday, August 20, by the head of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Valery Falkov.
“As for the requirements and anti-epidemiological measures, these are recommendations that were given last year by Rospotrebnadzor. There are no fundamental changes this year, ”he told the TV channel “Russia 24”.
In addition, the head of the Ministry of Education and Science said that the decision to vaccinate teachers in universities will be made at the regional level.
“For teachers, the situation depends on the subject and on the decision of the chief sanitary doctor. As we know, in a number of subjects, appropriate solutions have been introduced. And our universities, as law-abiding organizations and collectives, listened and carried out the corresponding work. As for the number of vaccinated, it differs from subject to subject, “concluded Falkov.
On August 17, the head of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Valery Falkov, said that almost all Russian universities will begin the academic year in full-time format on September 1, some before November 1. The head of the Ministry of Education and Science also emphasized the inadmissibility of compulsory vaccination of students, including when checking into hostels. He stated that “a broad awareness campaign on the importance of vaccination needs to be launched.”
Earlier that day, the rector of Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov, Viktor Sadovnichy said that Russian universities will begin training in the new year in a hybrid format. He clarified that online lectures can be held online, and face-to-face – practical classes in groups.
At the same time, Sadovnichy noted that in the future, compulsory testing of students for coronavirus may be introduced for settling in hostels.
On August 9, the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Science were sent to universities, suggesting that admission to full-time classes will be provided to students who have been vaccinated. So, students who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus or have a medical withdrawal from vaccination were recommended to be transferred to distance learning.
Due to the fact that certain provisions of the recommendations received an ambiguous interpretation and caused various interpretations in the media, in the near future the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia will organize additional discussions with all interested participants, the ministry said.
On August 5, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said that vaccination against coronavirus is not mandatory for students, but getting vaccinated before the start of the school year would be the right decision. She noted that vaccination will help reduce risks at the beginning of the school year.
Since January 18, a large-scale vaccination against COVID-19 has been taking place in the country. The vaccination is given free of charge to everyone. At the moment, four drugs for coronavirus are registered in the country: Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona and KoviVak.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites stopcoronavirus.rf and access to all.rf, as well as the hashtag #WeWe areTogether. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.