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Update on the COVID-19 pandemic

10/01/2022

2,5G, FFP2 mask requirement & face-to-face teaching as of January 10, 2022

The health and safety of the entire WU community is of the utmost importance to us and we are, of course, continuing to monitor all developments related to the Corona virus (COVID-19).

As of Monday, January 10, 2022 all courses and exams will be held on campus according to WU's online course catalog.

Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces (e.g. hallways, stairwells, etc.). External visitors and students may only enter buildings if they have been tested (PCR/molecular test taken no longer than 48 hours ago), vaccinated, or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection ("2.5G"). Visitors and students must carry appropriate proof and present it upon request. A list of all test centres (incl. "Alles gurgelt" PCR tests, gargle test boxes, testing lanes, pharmacies) can be found on on the website of the City of Vienna (in German).

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Types of proof required from students and external visitors when entering a building:

One of following types of proof is required:

  1. Proof issued by an authorized institution confirming a negative molecular SARS-CoV-2 test (PCR test) taken no longer than 48 hours ago.

  2. A recovery certificate pursuant to § 4d of the Epidemics Act 1950 (Epidemiegesetz) confirming that the person in question has overcome a SARS-CoV-2 infection during the previous 180 days or a medical certificate based on molecular diagnostics confirming that the person in question has overcome a SARS-CoV-2 infection during the previous 180 days.

  3. Proof of either of the following types of vaccination with a centrally authorized COVID-19 vaccine:

    • Vaccination with a second dose; the first dose must have been received no longer than 360 days ago and at least 14 days must have elapsed between the first and second dose

    • Vaccination with a one-shot vaccine received at least 22 days but no longer than 270 days ago

    • A vaccination received at least 21 days after a positive molecular SARS-CoV-2 test result or a vaccination received after obtaining proof of neutralizing antibodies; in such cases, the vaccination must have been received no longer than 360 days ago

    • A further vaccination, administered not more than 360 days previously. At least 120 days must have passed between this and the previous vaccination (in the case of second vaccinations pursuant to item a above or a first vaccination after recovery) or 14 days (in the case of vaccination with a vaccine for which only one vaccination is required).

  4. International Certificate of Vaccination recording that the person in question has received one of the types of vaccination listed above (see item 3).

  5. A quarantine notice issued for a person who has proof of contracting SARS-CoV-2 in the 180 days prior to the required test.

  6. Proof of neutralizing antibodies issued no longer than 90 days ago.

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All library branches (Central Library, Library for Law, Library for Social Sciences) can be accessed without a seat reservation. Please see the WU Library website for further information on library use.

Events with external visitors on Campus WU are subject to the 2G+ rule, i.e. only vaccinated and recovered individuals with a valid PCR test (taken within 48 hours) will be admitted. Detailed information on the events can be found in our online event calendar.

Contact tracing at WU

To make sure everyone at WU stays safe, we have now introduced a contact tracing program with a check-in system for courses and examinations.

All reported infections and suspected infections are managed centrally. As soon as a case is confirmed, individuals who were in contact with the infected person will be notified. All confirmed cases at WU will be published here:

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 10am to 12 noon at the library, LC building, 4th floor and from 12 noon to 2pm at the library, LC building, 6th floor

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 & Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 09:30am to 6pm at the library, LC building, 6th floor

  • Monday, January 17, 2022 (10:00am - 3pm) at the library, LC building, 4th floor

  • Monday, January 10, 2022 at the library, LC building

  • and from 11:00am-10pm at the library, LC building, 6th floor

  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the library, LC building, 4th floor

  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the library, LC building, 4th floor

Please note: In each case the person was in a building on campus 48 hours before tested positive (confirmed PCR test). The list is ordered chronologically by testing date.

1 These are persons who were in a building on campus 96 hours before tested positived (confirmed PCR test).

More information

We will be keeping employees and students up to date by email on a regular basis.

The Corona virus is transmitted from person to person. There are a number of things you can do to help minimize the risk of infection. Detailed information and short explanatory videos on protection against infection, on the symptoms of the disease, and on how to proceed if you think you may be infected can be found on the website of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES): www.ages.at/themen/krankheitserreger/coronavirus/ (in German) and the WHO website: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Additional important links

Important information for the higher education sector, recommendations for dealing with illnesses subject to reporting obligations, further information, and health service hotlines:
Federal ministry of Education, Science & Research

Information on global developments, updated daily:
federal ministry of social affairs & Health

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