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Information on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Here you will find information provided by the Rectorate and the crisis management team of the University of Cologne on current measures taken in regard to the coronavirus ( SARS CoV-2 ). This page is updated regularly.

The Rectorate urges you to take a reasonable approach to the current situation and to be sensible and non-discriminatory when addressing the topic and dealing with each other.

For the summer semester 2021, the Hygiene and Protection Directive of the University of Cologne applies.

Federal and state requirements currently go beyond the provisions set out in this Directive in some cases and are presented on this website.

Information on rapid tests for members of the University


Vaccination eligibility of university employees (06. Mai 2021)

Dear colleagues,

according to the Corona Vaccination Regulation from 30 April, persons working at universities are now included in the prioritization group 3. However, the state government of North-Rhine Westphalia is responsible for the further prioritization within this group as well as for the implementation of the regulation.


•    Contrary to some media reports, university employees are not part of the subgroup that can make vaccination appointments as of today.

•    It is still unclear when university employees will be allowed to schedule vaccination appointments. This information will be announced by the state government.
We will communicate this development immediately.

•    Based on current information, registration for an appointment will take place via the portal of the ‘Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein’. In the vaccination centre, you will need a special employer's certificate provided by the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs (MAGS) of NRW. This MAGS-certificate does not yet exist for universities (!) and therefore cannot be issued. However, we are preparing everything to send out this form promptly (as soon as we are allowed to). It will automatically be sent to your private address by post.

•    In order to prepare you for future developments, we will also send all university employees an employer's certificate by post to your private address. This is not identical to the MAGS-certificate mentioned above. It is a simple proof of employment at the UoC. You will receive this certificate in the coming days.

•    In addition: Company doctors are currently not allowed to vaccinate.

Please continue to get the latest information about current developments on our coronavirus information homepage Also, please understand that not all inquiries to the Information Office can be answered immediately at the moment. 

Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth, Rector
Dr. Michael Stückradt, Chancellor





At a glance:

  • Information on testing possibilities for University members are available here.

  • The University is currently checking whether it would be sensible and feasible to offer vaccination for its members. However, the legal and organizational framework conditions must first be clarified by the responsible authorities.

  • Classroom teaching and in-person exams are permitted only in narrowly defined exceptions through 21 May 2021 due to currently high infection rates. The University aims to allow additional face-to-face courses after 21 May 2021.

  • In the winter semester 2020/21 and in the summer semester 2021, a free shot attempt regulation (Freiversuchsregelung) applies. In addition, for the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21, the standard period of study has been extended.

  • Library lending operations are permitted subject to strict compliance with the hygiene and infection control requirements laid out in the NRW Corona Protection Ordinance. Working in libraries is still prohibited.

  • Mouth-and-nose covers (everyday mask) must be worn and the minimum safety distance observed in all buildings used by the University. Medical masks must be worn during face-to-face examinations and face-to-face teaching as well as when required for reasons of occupational health and safety or in accordance with the Corona Protection Ordinance NRW.

  • House bans are in effect to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Whenever possible, University employees should work from home and minimize their presence at the University. At the same time, work in research and administration continues.

  • Recreational activities, such as university sports, music rehearsals, or theatre, are not possible until further notice.

  • All business travel and face-to-face work meetings that are not absolutely necessary should be cancelled. In cases of compelling necessity, the dean or the head of the central institution is responsible for authorizing business trips and field trips/excursions. For the central administration, the chancellor decides. Business trips to high-risk areas are not permitted.

  • For every case of a person’s physical presence at the University, the Hygiene and Protection Directive as well as legal regulations for contact tracing according to Section 4a of the Corona Protection Ordinance must be observed. Employees are requested to provide their contact details.

  • The premises of the University are reserved at least until the end of the lecture period of the summer semester 2021 (23 July 2021) for face-to-face examinations, face-to-face teaching as well as other events required in the future for official purposes. Until then, no rooms within the University can be made available for other classroom events (especially those with external participants, e.g. conferences, meetings, workshops).


Information office

The University has set up an information office for students, faculty, and staff. It can be reached via the following e-mail address:

Information about the organization of crisis management is available here.