COVID certificates for students

Circular from the President to all students; cc to all employees

Dear students,

On October 4, we had informed you that the 3G rule applies to all on-campus courses in the current winter semester. This means that all participants must be vaccinated, recovered or have tested negative for COVID-19. Random sample verification of the 3G status is the responsibility of our teaching staff in their courses. In order to make this task easier for the instructors, I would like to ask for your assistance.

Many of you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and probably had a digital vaccination certificate issued at a pharmacy in recent months. A large number of you probably have this digital certificate stored on your cell phone. Such a certificate can significantly speed up the verification process in a course, saving time for everyone involved. However, if you do not have a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or COVID-19 convalescent certificate to date, I would be grateful if you could get one.

Numerous pharmacies offer to issue COVID-19 certificates to individuals who are fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19, or have recovered and received a vaccination in addition. In these cases, in order to obtain a digital vaccination certificate, please be sure to bring your ID card or passport in addition to your vaccination card or proof of recovery from COVID-19. Usually, it is not necessary to make an appointment.

The staff at most pharmacies are able to check foreign vaccination cards or documents as well. You may even get a vaccination certificate if you have not been vaccinated with a vaccine officially licensed in the EU. In recent months, vaccinations in many countries have been done with vaccines that differ from EU-approved vaccines only by trade name. Vaccinations with these vaccines are also recognized in Germany.

Issueing a digital certificate is free of charge for you. At the pharmacy, you will receive a paper printout with a QR code that you can scan and store on your smartphone using an app (e.g. CovPass app or Corona-Warn app). If you do not have such a device, please use the paper printout to identify yourself as vaccinated or recovered in a course. A list of pharmacies that offer this service can be found on https://www.mein-apothekenmanager.de/

In this context, I ask for your understanding that, for financial and organizational reasons, the University of Tübingen cannot offer Corona rapid tests for students. The German government has decided to end free testing for all citizens on October 11 after it had been in on offer since spring 2021, arguing, among other things, that all adults in Germany have now been offered vaccination.

Nevertheless, there are still some possibilities for free testing. For example, students who cannot currently be vaccinated for medical reasons can continue to take advantage of free rapid tests. Until December 31, 2021, the same applies to international students who were vaccinated in their home countries with a vaccine that is not approved and recognized in the EU. Free rapid tests are currently offered in Tübingen by numerous pharmacies and the company KME.

Students who have been vaccinated at least once but are not yet fully immunized can be tested free of charge by the German Red Cross (DRK) in Tübingen until further notice. Certificates based on a negative rapid test are recognized by the university in all courses as long as the test result is no older than 24 hours. Certificates based on a negative PCR test may be no older than 48 hours.

Pharmacies that offer Corona rapid tests can be found on https://www.mein-apothekenmanager.de/

https://www.tuebingen.de/corona#/34617 gives an overview of all additional COVID-19 test stations in Tübingen.

To all students and employees who have not yet decided to get a COVID-19 vaccination, I strongly recommend taking this step soon. The University Medical Service is currently preparing a vaccination week starting October 25. University members can book their vaccination appointment on the following online platform:


With kind regards and best wishes for a successful and healthy semester on campus,

Professor Dr. Bernd Engler