RIGA - Riga Stradins University (RSU) has issued a Rector’s Decree regarding how the study process will be organized in the future under the conditions of the spread of the COVID-19 infection, allowing only vaccinated students to participate in the study process in person, starting from August 30.
It outlines those categories of students and employees that will be able to participate in the study process in person, including at medical facilities, starting from August 30, 2021.
In order to ensure that studies and research at RSU can continue during the pandemic, to reduce the health risk to students, staff and visitors, and to observe the national mandatory epidemiological safety measures and restrictions, people in any of the following categories will be allowed to participate in studies from 30 August this year: people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, people who can provide evidence that they have recovered from Covid-19.
Those who have not been vaccinated, will have to present a negative Covid-19 tests withing 72 hours before each visit to the workplace or medical facility and before potential contact with colleagues or patients. These tests will be paid for by the person themselves, unless they can provide proof that they have clinical contraindications to being vaccinated against COVID-19.
RSU noted that it is possible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Latvia free of charge. RSU has already organized, and will continue to organize, mass vaccination events on university premises in order to increase herd immunity among students and staff. Vaccination is the only science-based and safe way to significantly reduce the risk of spreading the infection and to ensure that on-site studies and research at RSU can continue. Evidence suggests that the available Covid-19 vaccines offer effective protection against the disease and significantly reduce the spread of infection.
In recent week there has, unfortunately, been an increase in the incidence of Covid-19 in Latvia. There have also been cases among RSU students and employees who have not been vaccinated. The risk of infection is still high!. RSU encourages all students, especially all prospective healthcare professionals, to consider their own and others’ health and get a government-funded vaccine.