Universities – Heidelberg – Lost cohorts of students: Vaccination offers required – Education

Heidelberg / Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – The Heidelberg University Rector Bernhard Eitel has asked the state government to offer students vaccinations against the corona virus. The aim is to return to a responsible but extensive presence in research and teaching in the winter semester, he tells the “Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung”. A corresponding letter from the state rectors’ conference has already been sent to the state government. “So far we have had little response to that either.”

Science Minister Theresia Bauer (Greens) emphasized that she, too, is aiming for normal course operations for the winter semester, predominantly in attendance. “We are doing everything we can to provide additional vaccination offers especially for students, although the available vaccine is still in short supply.”

Eitel warned of the consequences of a lack of presence due to corona: “We are in danger of losing two years of students, not to mention a lack of international perspectives or psychological damage in one of the most important phases of life, in which the course is set for the whole of life.”

Minister Bauer said vaccination campaigns were planned at three unnamed university locations with above-average vaccination rates. The universities themselves could also start campaigns with the help of company doctors; some are already doing so. She called on the students to examine all possible ways, including the decentralized vaccination campaigns of the medical profession.

University director Eitel emphasized that many students have no general practitioners at their study locations and are therefore dependent on vaccination campaigns in cities or public vaccination centers. Less busy vaccination centers could be set up as vaccination lanes for the students. “While students are on the radar, students and universities are largely ignored,” said Eitel. Young people need to be certain that they can be fully vaccinated in the winter semester.

Eitel also asked for clarity as to whether the distance rule of 1.5 meters would continue to apply to universities. If this norm does not fall, then no return to the presence is possible. There are not enough large halls for this.

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