Vaccination against COVID-19
Who pays for the vaccination?
Last updated: 2022-03-21
The MAWISTA Student Comfort and Expatcare Premium tariffs cover vaccinations in accordance with the recommendations of the STIKO (Standing Committee on Vaccination). With the MAWISTA Student Comfort tariff, the total amount is limited to 250 euros.
The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge for you, regardless of whether, where and with which tariff you have health insurance. The federal government assumes the procurement, distribution and financing. The individual states assume the costs of setting up and organising the vaccination centres. The health insurance companies participate according to the ratio of their insured individuals.
When receiving the vaccination at a doctor’s clinic you should note that only the costs for the vaccination are covered. Any additional services may incur costs for you. For example, the cost of issuing a medical certificate as proof of privileged entitlement for the coronavirus vaccination amounts to 5 euros, plus an additional 90 cents if it is sent by post. You can receive a vaccination against COVID-19 on a voluntary basis. We have summarised the most important information about the topic on this page.
Why should I get vaccinated?
Vaccination against COVID-19 is voluntary. The vaccination is expedient as it helps your immune system combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus in case of contact and thus substantially lowers the risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19. Should a person become infected by COVID-19 despite the vaccination, then the illness has considerably less severe symptoms or none at all. While you can also gain protection from a COVID-19 infection by catching the disease, there is the risk of having severe COVID-19 symptoms.
The immunisation takes effect two to three weeks after the second vaccination. The success of the vaccination does not need to be tested. Persons who can provide documentation of a completed vaccination that took place at least 14 days ago are exempted from the test obligation that is mandatory in many areas. As you can still get infected by the virus despite the immunity, you should continue to apply the general rules of physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated and general hygiene.
After a certain period of time, a booster vaccination is necessary. The STIKO recommends the COVID-19 booster vaccination to all persons from 12 years of age.
Where can I get vaccinated and what documents do I have to provide?
You can get vaccinated at the vaccination centres or at general practitioners. There are also some vaccination campaigns in your area, e.g. at the market, at school or in front of clubs.
On the day of your appointment, you should bring along the following:
Who can get vaccinated?
To be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Germany, you must be resident or ordinarily resident in Germany. Different regulations for each federal state can be found on the official website of your federal state.
Due to the lower demand, there are currently no longer any extended waiting times for appointments.
Where can I make a vaccination appointment?
If you are entitled to a vaccination, you can call the hotline at 116 117 or visit the website aof the vaccination service to schedule an appointment. You can also visit most vaccination centres, general practitioner clinics or vaccination campaigns without an appointment to get vaccinated.
Should I expect side effects after the vaccination?
As in all vaccinations, reactions and side effects are also possible with the vaccination against COVID-19. These usually occur shortly after the vaccination and last for only a few days. For more detailed information, visit the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute.
During a consultation with the physician you will be informed of potential side effects prior to receiving your vaccination. In this consultation you have the opportunity to ask questions for which you will receive individual answers.
The medical staff on location will assist you in case of side effects that occur directly after the vaccination. In case of later side effects, please contact your general practitioner or in case of emergency call the emergency service under 112.