Vaccination against COVID-19
Who pays for the vaccination?
Stand der Informationen: 2021-09-01
The MAWISTA Student Comfort tariff covers the costs of vaccinations up to 250 euros. The Expatcare Premium tariff covers all vaccinations according to the recommendations of the STIKO (Standing Committee on Vaccination).
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.
Whether a booster vaccination is necessary after a certain period of time is currently still being researched. Clinical studies are currently being conducted by the manufacturers. Some German states already offer booster vaccinations for Prio Group 1.
Where can I get vaccinated and what documents do I have to provide?
You can get vaccinated at the vaccination centres of the individual federal states and since 6.4.2021 also at general practitioner clinics. 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 in Germany, your permanent or standard place of residence must be in Germany.
Persons with a particularly high risk for a serious or lethal course of the disease have a preferential status. In addition, persons who have a particularly high professional risk of becoming infected or infecting others are also prioritised. Prioritisation is divided into three groups – 1. Highest priority 2. High priority 3. Increased priority. For more information, visit this website on prioritisation.
The deviating regulations for each federal state can be found on the official websites of your federal state.
There will no longer be any prioritisation in the GP practices and subsequently also in the vaccination centres from 17.05.2021. Due to the low demand, extended waiting times are no longer to be expected when making 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 or vaccination campaigns without an appointment to get vaccinated.
If you have already received the first vaccination but have not scheduled an appointment for the second vaccination, please contact the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your e-mail you should state the date of your first vaccination and the vaccine used including the batch number (see the vaccination confirmation) and attach the completed PDF form for the second vaccination. The version for the state of Baden-Württemberg is found here. You can also get a second vaccination at all vaccination campaigns in your area, but before doing so you should find out about the vaccines on offer.
How many vaccination appointments does the Corona vaccination include?
Vaccination with the vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca includes two appointments. The vaccine by Johnson&Johnson requires only a single vaccination. The time periods between two vaccinations and the recommendations of STIKO vary according to the manufacturers.
Note about the vaccines: The vaccines “Vaxzevria” from AstraZeneca can also be administered to younger persons < 60 years of age after consultation with the physician. More information by the STIKO (Standing Commission on Vaccination) can be found at their Website.
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.