Moscow. – The Ministry of Education and Science is not discussing the issue of attending universities with certificates of vaccination against COVID-19 as a protective measure against the spread of the omicron strain, Russianeducation.org was told in the press service of the department on Friday, January 14.
“The introduction of vaccination certificates against a new coronavirus infection for visiting universities as a systemic measure is not being discussed today,” the press service said on Friday, answering a relevant question.
At the same time, the department added that, according to the order of the Ministry of Education and Science, from November 8, 2021, “universities and scientific organizations have the right to continue to conduct training in the form of independent work or in a remote format using remote technologies,” in case of deterioration of the coronavirus epidemiological situation.
“At the same time, within the framework of the federal law on education, universities are autonomous in making decisions on the organization of the educational process,” the press service said.
In this regard, earlier in November-December, a number of Russian universities decided to admit to full-time classes only upon presentation of QR codes confirming vaccination or PCR tests.
At the same time, on Friday it became known that the government, together with the United Russia party, decided to postpone indefinitely the consideration in the State Duma in the second reading of the bill on the introduction of QR codes since the proposed measures concerned the COVID-19 Delta strain, but the “omicron” option is associated with new challenges, as reported by Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.
The bill passed its first reading in December 2021.