Coronavirus information at the University of Vaasa

This page is updated with current information about the coronavirus situation and guidelines at the University of Vaasa. The content of the page was last checked 4th June 11.30 a.m. 

We have a mail address for inquiries and questions concerning the coronavirus: corona.info@univaasa.fi

Please note, that the mails are read and answered Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm.

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Latest updates on the coronavirus situation at the University

General safety instructions – protect your own health and that of others

By following the coronavirus protection guidelines, we act in solidarity and at the same time take care of our own and each other's health safety. You can only come to the campus if you are in good health and follow the safety and hygiene instructions.

When visiting, studying or working indoors at the university, the use of a face mask and a safety distance of at least 2 meters is required. As a general rule, no more than 10 people can be in one room at a time.

To minimise the risk of infection, campus buildings remain closed to external persons. Personnel can access the premises with their key card. Students will be able to access the exam rooms through Tervahovi-building.

Have you already downloaded the Koronavilkku-app? Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus.

Teaching

During spring 2021, the University will operate in hybrid mode, where teaching and staff work mainly take place remotely. The scope of teaching and campus activities is guided by the general epidemic situation and existing safety and space restrictions. 

Necessary contact teaching in for example laboratories and smaller groups can be executed with the rector’s permission following the safety instructions and in groups of maximum 10 persons. The courses offered by VAMK (Vaasa University of Applied Sciences) are executed according to VAMK’s decision.

The University offers masks for students and teachers for contact teaching situations. Face masks provided by the University are primarily intended to be used in study situations.

Coronavirus instructions for students

More information for students is available from the student pages. Students are also advised to actively follow the University's main page, their student mail, Moodle, Lukkarikone and WebOodi.

International students can come to Vaasa if possible within the existing travelling restrictions. Exchange studies and international internships continue within the limits set by the authorities.

Library services

For more information about library services, please see www.tritonia.fi.

Campus restaurants

Campus restaurants are closed for the time being. 

Events

Organising events indoors and outdoors at the University is prohibited. Dissertations are held remotely.

Personnel: travelling, health care and sick leave

University personnel continues working mainly remotely. If work requires presence on campus, we will work together to provide safe conditions for it. Avoiding public transportation is recommended and, for example, cycling or walking to work.

For all travelling (both work and leisure related), regulatory restrictions and recommendations apply. It is strongly recommended that work-related trips abroad are not made. Any travelling must be approved by the deans and unit heads. Only necessary domestic work-related travel is possible and requires a separate permit from the supervisor.

You can only come to the campus after a 10-day waiting period when you return to Finland from abroad (work or holiday trip) or arrive in Finland to work or study. The waiting period applies to arrivals from all countries, and is calculated from the date of arrival in Finland. During these 10 days the person works or studies remotely.

If you suspect a Covid-19 infection, contact occupational health service Pihlajalinna (+358 1031 2010, open 6-22) or your local health center by phone.

More detailed instructions for personnel are available from the intranet (requires identification).

Basic protective measures against the virus

  • Always keep your hands clean
  • Wash your hands when you come to work, before eating/smoking and when leaving work.
  • The  best way to wash your hands is to use warm water and liquid soap
  • Don’t touch the areas around your mouth and nose with your hands
  • Please avoid close physical contacts, like shaking hands

General information about the virus situation

The most updated information related to the coronavirus situation in Finland can be found from Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL). Finnish Government recommendations are also available. Information about the virus is also available at World Health Organisation (WHO).

Crisis management team

The University of Vaasa crisis management team is led by the rector and consists of rector, vice rector, security manager, finance director, HR director and legal director. The team follows the coronavirus situation actively and keeps close contacts with other universities and the authorities. The teams decisions follow authorities' assessments.

For information, please contact:
Rector Jari Kuusisto
tel. +358 29 449 8291