Information for staff and students regarding COVID-19

[Updated 2022-02-09] This information is addressed to staff and students at Karolinska Institutet. The page will be updated when new recommendations and important information are added regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

News update

President Ole Petter Ottersen: The pandemic is not over, but let us rejoice at the lifting of restrictions

As president of Karolinska Institutet I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you – students, teachers, researchers, staff – for your input, sacrifices and patience and for taking your responsibilities seriously. A health crisis such as this demonstrates just how valuable medical higher education and research is to society and to how quickly we can adjust when called upon to do so.

  • Most public measures against COVID-19 ends on February 9

The Swedish Public Health Agency and the government will phase out most measures against COVID-19 on 9 February.

In terms of teaching, this means that the president’s request to conduct digital teaching is removed. For KI's employees, this means a return to work on KI's premises from 9 February, in accordance with previous agreements related to the hybrid workplace.

The Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden recommend that universities and institutes of higher learning that have conducted their teaching partly remotely, gradually return to onsite teaching. The return to the workplace should also take place gradually.

KI emphasises the importance of staying at home if you have symptoms and following the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations.

Symptoms or illness

Follow the instructions of the Swedish Public Health Agency if you or a close relative develop symptoms or becomes ill.

For students

This page containing information for students is updated regularly.

For teachers

This page containing information for teachers is updated regularly.

For doctoral students and supervisors

This page containing  information for doctoral students and supervisors is updated regularly.

Staff with combined appointments and students with clinical placements

Staff with combined appointments and students with clinical placements are required to comply with the care provider’s instructions when engaged in clinical activities or when on the provider’s premises. Region Stockholm’s instructions can be found here.

External staff

The instructions for KI staff also apply to external staff (e.g. cleaners and restaurant workers) working on the KI premises. The responsible manager for the particular service should inform the supplier about the instructions and obtain as much assurance as possible that they are being followed. It would not be practical to make the same demands on service personnel who are only on the KI premises for short periods of time.

Cleaning and ventilation on the KI campuses

Booked lecture halls are cleaned every day. Examination rooms are cleaned between groups if time allows. Public spaces/toilets are cleaned/disinfected daily.

Interior ventilation (function and airflow) is monitored regularly.

Travel

Official travel is not permitted to another country if it conflicts with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advice. More information can be found on the government website.

Managers, supervisors, HR, etc. are recommended to discuss any such overseas travel beforehand with the person or persons concerned.

Information for international staff and students on travel, visas and permits.

Healthcare work

KI is happy for any contribution by our healthcare-trained staff and students to help doctors and nurses deal with the current situation. Anyone interested can sign up here. 

KI recommends personnel managers to take a generous approach to granting leave of absence. Should such leave be granted, it is to be reported to the departmental HR office. 

COVID-19 courses for healthcare staff

Students and staff with a healthcare training are recommended to take Karolinska Institutet’s COVID-19 courses for care providers and medical staff to learn about the most important principles and challenges as regards preventing the spread of COVID-19, with a focus on hygiene principles and the use of personal protective equipment.

Crisis management

The KI crisis management team, led by the University Director, has created a continuity plan on the basis of which our departments and equivalent units make operational risk assessments to maintain a long-term pandemic preparedness to protect the university’s staff, students and activities.

Resource teams

The university management has set up a number of specialist teams to support the university and society at large, especially with respect to rapid-response interventions.

Support contacts

Extra support and advice for staff, doctoral students, postdoc researchers/docents and visiting researchers are available through the occupational health service Avonova. Avonova does not offer tests or other medical services relating to COVID-19. 

If you’re a student, you can contact the Student Health Service for support if you feel worried or distressed. The Student Health Service does not offer tests or other medical services relating to COVID-19. 

Internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Self-help programme for dealing with COVID-19 anxiety.

If you have any questions, please contact your immediate manager or student counsellor/advisor.

Managers and counsellors/advisors with general questions concerning staff and students may contact the head of the Human Resources Office Mats Engelbrektson or the head of the Education Support Office Åsa Nandorf.