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Coronavirus: Health and prevention

You can find information about campus safety regulations on our FAQ page about buildings and facilities.

  • Do I still need to go into quarantine after I am vaccinated?

    If you have had contact with someone with COVID-19, and you have had contact with someone who has COVID-19, you may also become ill.  This applies in the following situations:

    • If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19.
    • If you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. 
    • If you have received a notification via the CoronaMelder app.

    Whether you need to be quarantined depends on whether or not you are already protected against COVID-19.

    When am I protected against COVID-19?

    You are protected against COVID-19 if one or more of the following applies:

    • It is more than 14 days since you received a second COVID-19 vaccination with the AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine;
    • It is more than 14 days since you received one COVID-19 vaccination with the Janssen vaccine;
    • it is more than 14 days since you received one vaccination with any of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the Netherlands, and you had previously had COVID-19;
    • You had COVID-19 within the past 6 months.

    If you are protected against COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine. However, it is important to monitor your health closely. If you develop symptoms that could indicate COVID-19, then you should always get tested. Never use a self-test if you have symptoms.

    Find more information here.

  • Where can I get more information about being vaccinated?

    Vaccination protects you, but ultimately it also protects your family, friends and vulnerable people in your surroundings. The more people who get vaccinated, the harder it will be for the virus to spread. Then the government can scale down the coronavirus restrictions and we’ll get more and more of our freedom back.

    When it is you’ll get an invitation from the government, either by letter or email. It will say what you have to take with you (such as your ID). It will also tell you where you can get the vaccination. 

    For more information about vaccines,  we suggest you keep track of developments posted on the Government of the Netherlands website.

  • What should I do if I have (mild) symptoms related to the coronavirus?
  • What should I do if I test positive for the coronavirus?

    If you test positive you will be asked by the GGD to self-isolate. The GGD will give you precise instructions for this and will carry out contact tracing or ask you to contact persons with whom you have been in close contact..

    Are you a UvA employee?

    Follow the GGD's instructions. Report sick if you cannot perform your work from home or contact your manager if work arrangements need to be made. You are not required to inform the UvA that you have tested positive for the coronavirus but it is helpful to let us know as it aids us in maintaining a safe working environment at the UvA. The notification of illness will be handled as a normal illness notification.

    Are you a UvA student?

    Follow the GGD's instructions. Report sick if you cannot attend your (online) classes or consult your study programme (for example via the study adviser or education desk) about following your education in an alternative way. You are not required to inform the UvA that you have tested positive for the coronavirus but it is helpful to let us know as aids us in maintaining a safe working environment at the UvA. The notification of illness will be handled as a normal illness notification.

    About contact tracing

    The GGD contact tracing investigations also pertain to contacts with whom you've been more than 1.5 meters apart in the same room for more than fifteen minutes. This could include fellow students, colleagues or others outside the University. The GGD can contact these people for contact tracing purposes. The GGD can also impose a compulsory home isolation measure for contacts. In the most severe circumstances, a location can be (temporarily) closed by order of the GGD.

  • What should I do if I have been in contact with an infected person?

    You will be contacted by the GGD or by the infected person. The advice of the GGD (after contact tracing) is the deciding factor as to whether you should stay at home. If you have been in direct contact (within 1.5m for longer than 15 min), you will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days. If the GGD advises you to stay at home, employees should discuss work arrangements with their manager. Students should contact their study programme (for example via the study adviser or education desk) about taking courses in an alternative way.

  • What does the UvA do if an employee or a student is infected with the coronavirus?

    Students and employees are not required to notify the UvA if they have tested positive for the coronavirus. However, it is helpful to let your supervisor or study programme know, as it aids us in maintaining a safe study and work environment at the UvA.

    All notifications of a coronavirus infection will be handled anonymously. With permission from the student or employee, the supervisor or study programme will then anonymously notify the Safety and Security Adviser at the UvA, so that they can determine whether any adjustments need to be made to the work or study environments of the UvA.

    Your supervisor or study programme:

    • will not ask their employees or students about a coronavirus infection;
    • will not keep any written records when they are notified of a coronavirus infection by an employee or student;
    • will not share any information about a coronavirus infection with others, including colleagues or fellow students;
    • will handle the notification of illness of an infected employee or student as a normal illness notification.

    If the GGD notifies a faculty or unit that an infected employee or student was present at a specific UvA location, the faculty or unit may inform the surrounding area about this. The content of the message will be a factual representation of the state of affairs with a contact address that colleagues or students can turn to with questions or concerns. Nothing in the content of the message must ever be traceable to the infected person.

Self-testing

  • Does the UvA provide self-tests?

    You can request the self-test through zelftestonderwijs.nl. You will then receive a test at home through the regular post. That same website also offers instructions on how to use self-tests, as well as instructional videos and frequently-asked questions.

    Taking a self-test is voluntary. We will not be check at the door whether you have taken one, nor will you have to show proof of a negative test. However, other measures such as the 1.5-metre measure and face masks will continue to apply.

    However, we do hope that you consider taking a test before coming to the UvA. This will allow us all to contribute to a safe campus and possible further relaxations of the measures by the government.