COVID-19: free swabs for students

Service resumes on September 8

Please note: You cannot access the premises and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms!

Starting September 2, 2021, you can book your SARS-CoV-2 molecular swab. The service will be available from September 8, 2021. If you have a green pass (or non-EU equivalent) or vaccination exemption certification, you can get tested. If you have had your first dose of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine and are waiting for your COVID-19 green certificate to be activated (available 15 days after the first dose), you can get tested with the appropriate vaccination certificate.
If your swab is negative, you can repeat it 7 days after the last negative swab.
Biomolecular swabs are essential to track the virus and implement any subsequent measures for the safety of the entire Sapienza community, students and their families.
 

The project 

Thanks to the collaboration of the Lazio Region and Policlinico Umberto I General Hospital, Sapienza is currently offering free SARS-CoV-2 screening tests for students (RT-PCR). The screening campaign has been available since February 25, given the restart of in-person educational activities for students enrolled in all years, in compliance with the security measures.

Beginning May 6, if your swab is negative, a free, voluntary repeat molecular swab is available, provided at least seven days have elapsed between molecular swabs.

A specific screening site has been set up in front of the Ciao-Hello offices, at the main campus, and all the necessary information will be provided. Results will be available 24-36 hours after sampling. The screening site was inaugurated on March 1, by Rectress Antonella Polimeni, in the presence of Lazio Region Health Councillor Alessio D'Amato and Policlinico Umberto I General Manager Fabrizio d'Alba.

For positive cases, measures will be taken to secure both the positive students' families and their classes.

How to book your swab 

Click on https://www.supersaas.co.uk/schedule/login/infosapienza/tampone?lang=uk

and follow these steps: 

  1. Go to Create a new user account
  2. Fill in the required data: your uniroma1 email address (the studenti.uniroma1.it domain is already pre-filled, so you only have to write surname.student IDnumber), a password, name and surname, mobile phone and your tax code (codice fiscale).
  3. Activate your account by clicking the link in the confirmation email you will receive.
  4. Access the booking system with the credentials you have just created*.
  5. Choose the date and time and book your appointment. To change the date/time, if you are using a PC, please click on Agenda>then click on the date of your reseravation>click on the pencil icon>click on the Edit button to choose a new date or on the Bin to delete; if you are using a mobile phone go to Your bookings, then on the magnifying glass, then on the ID code and choose the Update button to change the date or Delete to cancel the appointment.
  6. After booking, you will receive a confirmation email on your uniroma1 email account and a reminder before your appointment. The booking confirmation that you will receive on your uniroma1 email account will authorise you to access the Main Campus. You will also receive our personal data policy form, which you have to print, sign and hand in at the registration desk. If you cannot print the form, the staff will give you a copy. Download it here (in Italian)
  7. If your swab is negative, you can book a new swab 7 days after the previous one.

*Contrary to previous communications, access credentials are generated through registration with the system and not communicated by email.

Please report any technical problems with the booking system by mailing: prenotazioni.sapienza@uniroma1.it

FAQs

Is joining the screening campaign compulsory? 
No, the sampling is on a voluntary basis
 
Which students can get tested?
Students enrolled in all 2020-21 Sapienza degree programmes can book the swab, except for those in training and advanced training courses.Students with green pass (or non-EU equivalent) or vaccination exemption certification, can get tested. Students who have had their first dose of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine and are waiting for their COVID-19 green certificate to be activated (available 15 days after the first dose), can get tested with the appropriate
 
Where will the result of the molecular swab be sent?
You will receive a receipt containing the link and credentials to access the Regione Lazio website at the registration desk, where you can download the result 24-36 hours after the sample was taken. 
Please save your receipt carefully and do not lose it.
Note: the credentials for accessing the booking system (Supersaas) are different from those given at the registration desk; the former allows you to book the swab and access the university campus, the latter allows you to access the Lazio Region website to consult the report.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the cyber attack occured on August 1, the Lazio region's ESCAPE portal cannot send digital reports. While waiting for reactivation, students who are NOT contacted by Sapienza's Ufficio Alta Vigilanza within 24-36 hours after swabbing must be considered negative.
 
Who will analyse the samples?
The Regional Health Service laboratories, not Sapienza, will carry out the sample analyses.
 
What happens if I am tested positive?
In the event of a positive result, you will be contacted by telephone and given all the necessary information. 
 
Is the RT-PCR molecular test certificate valid for those who have to travel, even abroad? Is the certificate only provided in Italian?
According to the route to be taken and the destination to be reached, the validity of the certificate for travelling depends on the rules established case by case. It is issued only in Italian.
 
How many times can I be tested?
You can also take more than one swab, but at least 7 days must pass between each swab.
 
How can cancel/change my reservation?
Choose the date and time and book your appointment. To change the date/time, if you are using a PC, please click on Agenda>then click on the date of your reseravation>click on the pencil icon>click on the Edit button to choose a new date or on the Bin to delete; if you are using a mobile phone go to Your bookings, then on the magnifying glass, then on the ID code and choose the Update button to change the date or Delete to cancel the appointment.
 
I booked an appointment but did not show up and did not cancel it. Can I book a new test?
No, this is not possible.
 
Who will take my sample?
The nursing staff of the Azienda Policlinico Umberto I General Hospital will carry out the sampling.
 
Who will I find at the location indicated for the test?
At the screening site in front of the Ciao-Hello offices, you will find the staff in charge of the registration desk: they will tell you where to wait and what to do, they will also give you an information sheet to read, and you can ask them any questions you may have. While you are waiting for your turn, you will be asked to fill in, via your smartphone, an online questionnaire on vaccination intention and adherence to anti-COVID-19 guidelines. Staff will provide you with all the information you need.
 
What precautions do I need to observe when entering the collection point waiting and exiting?
You will have to follow the staff's instructions and observe the recommended precautions to prevent Covid-19 infection, which Sapienza has summarised on the "Safety at Sapienza in four steps" page.
 
• Wear your mask at all times in public spaces and when you cannot keep the six-foot rule.
• Wash your hands and do it often. Use water and soap or hydroalcoholic solutions.
• Social distancing is critical. Two metres (around six feet) or more but never less than 1 metre.
• With fever or other respiratory symptoms, stay at home—for example, cough, cold, sore throat, gastrointestinal symptoms, alterations in smell or taste.
 
 
What documents should I bring along?
You will need:
 
  • the booking receipt you received by email (to show on your mobile phone)
  • your identity card;
  • your tessera sanitaria (Italian health insurance card; if you do not have a tessera sanitaria, the codice fiscale, tax code, is also fine);
  • personal data policy form, which you have to print, sign and hand in at the registration desk. If you cannot print the form, the staff will give you a copy;
  • the COVID-19 Green Pass (or non-EU equivalent) or the vaccination exemption certification or a vaccination certificate (if you are waiting for your Green Pass after your first dose;
    Download it here (in Italian)

 

Can I join the screening campaign if I have had my first dose of anti-COVID-19 vaccination and am waiting for the COVID-19 Green Pass to be activated (available 15 days after the first dose)?

Yes, you can. You must present a vaccination certificate at the reception desk.

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