A commendable initiative. But that risks turning into a beautiful paradox. At the University Wisdom of Rome, from 8 September last, students are given the opportunity to take a free buffer. And so far so good, the circulation of the virus is hindered, the positives are traced and children are allowed to attend lessons and take exams safely.
The “problem” is that in order to access the swab station inside the university, one must still be in possession of a green pass. Therefore, all those who have not had the vaccine will have to present the result of a negative swab taken in the previous 48 hours. Or the green pass obtained by being infected and healed by Covid in the past six months. Or a certificate of exemption from the vaccine.
The La Sapienza initiative is not aimed at those who accuse symptoms attributable to the virus and want to know if it is positive, as specified in the official note. “You can swab – reads on the university website – if you have a green pass or vaccination exemption certification. If you have taken the first dose of anti-COVID-19 vaccine and are awaiting the activation of the COVID-19 green certification (available 15 days after the administration of the first dose) you can carry out the swab by showing the appropriate certification of vaccination. In case of negative, you can repeat the swab after 7 days from the last negative swab “.
The news did nothing but create new confusion among unvaccinated students, who for weeks have been wondering how to take exams, whether in person or remotely. Law Decree 111, of 6 August, introduced the obligation to have a Green Pass starting from September 1st – with the exceptions defined for subjects exempt by the Ministry of Health – to access university facilities.
“Even when booking a seat in the classroom – reads the e-mail sent to enrolled students – you will be required to have the Green Pass, as well as to take the exams and graduation exams, which will take place in person, in the compliance with safety regulations, spacing and use of masks. In any case, the possibility of taking the tests at a distance will be guaranteed to students who are fragile, in isolation, in quarantine, or exempt from vaccination against Covid-19 and, possibly, on the basis of motivated needs assessed by the individual educational structures “.
La Sapienza has also made available to students the possibility to book the first dose of vaccine in the first days of September at the Umberto I Polyclinic.