SARS-CoV-2 antigen self-tests

SARS-Cov-2 antigen self-tests (1 test per employee working in attendance per calendar week) can only be requested via the respective organizational unit. Unfortunately, individual requests may not be submitted at this time.

Distribution points are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm

University takes part in the distribution of self-tests

The university is participating in the introduction of rapid coronavirus tests for self-administration and so-called "self-tests" for employees of the state of Lower Saxony. This provides the university with another instrument for increasing workplace safety.

Tests may be issued only to employees who work on site and not to those who work exclusively from home, who are ill, on vacation, or otherwise absent.

The university is required to submit a weekly report to the Ministry of Science (MWK) concerning the number of tests its employees have claimed. Only the number of tests that have actually been claimed may be reordered for the following week. Therefore, if you are still unsure as to whether you would like to test yourself continuously on a weekly basis, we recommend that you place an order during the initial phase so that the university is able to maintain its reordering privileges. This will allow the university to avoid an unnecessary shortage of tests as demand develops.

Whether the option of weekly self-tests can create more safety for individuals and us all will largely depend on the extent to which we use this additional instrument sensibly and see it as merely an additional safeguard. At present, these tests cannot serve as an instrument for easing restrictions.

What is a self-test?

A so-called self-test for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is an antigen test intended for use by private individuals. The sample collection and evaluation for these tests is designed to be simple. For example, a swab in the nasal vestibule is sufficient for sampling. When performing the test, the instructions for use must be followed.

The result of the self-test only serves to detect undiagnosed infections. It is not documented and therefore cannot be used to visit any particular facilities or events.

Self-tests have a higher error rate than PCR tests. Therefore, each positive rapid and self-test must be confirmed by administering a PCR test. Further information on the different types of tests can be found in section "General corona-related information (hygiene/​symptoms/sickness/protection/​etc.)"

SARS-Cov-2-antigen self-tests for students

Essential information

  • Distribution of self-tests is limited to students who actually physically attend approved in-person courses, lectures and examinations.
  • Tests will be issued in accordance with procedures established by the schools.
  • Tests must be signed for upon receipt. Please also confirm in writing that no more than two tests per in-person week were collected, regardless of the number of on-site courses, lectures or exams attended
  • Participation in the testing program is voluntary and cannot be made mandatory for in-person lectures or courses.
  • Tests should be taken as early as possible, e.g. at home, prior to attending an in-person lecture or course.
  • Negative self-tests do not result in entitlements of any kind, including increased attendance.

Download the form here.

How to order and collect self-tests for employees

Effective immediately, the organizational units may collectively order and pick up self-tests. 

In order to avoid crowds and contacts, tests are to be collected in bundles by a person authorized by the respective organizational unit. The tests will be issued upon submission of the requisite form (in German), completed and signed by the head of the unit.

Tests (one test per person working in attendance per calendar week) must be collected from the respective organizational unit and signed for upon receipt by the employees themselves. Eligibility for these tests may not be transferred.

The heads of the organizational units are responsible for documenting test collection and retaining the distribution slip (in German).

The process for ordering self-tests is outlined in this flow chart (in German).

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Tests are issued only upon submission of the requisite form.
  • Unfortunately, individual requests for a test cannot be accomodated at this time.
  • Tests may be issued only to employees who work on site and not to those who work exclusively from home, who are ill, on vacation, or otherwise absent.
  • Please bring a suitable receptacle (e.g. a carboard box or a sufficiently large bag).
  • Please do not perform the test at or near the pick-up station!

Are there multiple tests per person?

The university issues two SARS-CoV2 antigen tests per week to employees who work on site and not to those who work exclusively from home, who are ill, on vacation, or otherwise absent.

These tests are provided by the state of Lower Saxony under the condition that no other university funds are used to procure tests.

Whether additional tests may be made available to certain individuals or for particular activites is currently under review.

Does the university issue test certificates?

Not at the moment. However, the Presidental Board is reviewing whether it may be possible to do so in the future.

Distribution locations and hours

Locations:

Wechloy campus: ring level

Haarentor campus: building A14, side entrance to foyer

Hours: Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm (both locations)

Please use the entire window of time to avoid crowds and contacts during pick-up. Please adhere to applicable hygiene regulations.

Currently, there is no distribution at the laboratory supply depot in Wechloy.

 

Is it possible for organizational units to procure self-tests using their own funding?

The university issues two SARS-CoV2 antigen tests per week to employees who work on site and not to those who work exclusively from home, who are ill, on vacation, or otherwise absent.

These tests are provided by the state of Lower Saxony under the condition that no other university funds (including funding from organizational units) are used to procure tests.

Self-test results only serve the purpose of detecting undiagnosed infection. They cannot replace any of the required hygiene measures (masks, social distancing, minimum area requirements, etc.), but should be viewed as an additional layer of safety.

 

How to perform a self-test

Instructions on how to perform a self-test can be found here (in German).

The reliability of the test result depends on the quality of the sample taken.

Please dispose of used self-tests in accordance with the enclosed instrutions.

What to do in case of a positive self-test

If a self-test returns a positive result, you must immediately report to Division 1 using the "Coronavirus reporting form" and to your local health department. You must then seek medical treatment or visit a rapid test center immediately, isolating yourself until your diagnosis has been clarified.

The following applies to individuals who have tested positive:

A PCR test must be administered to confirm your result. This may be done at a general practitioner's office, an official testing center or testing site. If the PCR test returns a negative result for a SARS-CoV-2 infection, the local health department must be notified so that a potential quarantine order can be lifted. In addition, please inform Division 1 directly via e-mail or online using the "Coronavirus reporting form".

Why does it make sense to perform a self-test?

Ideally, a positive self-test detects persons who have already been infected with the coronavirus and do not yet show any typical symptoms at an early stage. Upon return of a positive self-test, protective measures can be taken immediately, thus preventing the spread of possible infection in a workplace and among colleagues, students, family and acquaintances. However, the test result is only a snapshot. Therefore, even if the result is negative, compliance with the university's hygiene rules is still important. As the spread of the significantly more infectious mutations is currently increasing, this compliance is more important than ever before.

(09/21/2021)