FAQ

Do you have questions about the ‘Bremen against coronavirus’ campaign, the vaccination process in the Bremen region or about something else? Here, you can find all the most important questions and answers.

 

Is a replacement document as valid as the vaccination certificate?

The replacement certificate is an official, recognised document (equivalent to the yellow vaccination certificate) and will be accepted by travel companies, retailers, etc. Due to restrictions in capacity during the pandemic, the vaccination record cannot be transferred to the new vaccination certificate at present. It is therefore recommended to bring your replacement document with you at all times.

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Is my old, white vaccination card still valid?

The white vaccination document also remains valid and you can use this to show that you have been fully vaccinated in this country. However, before travelling abroad, you should try to have your vaccination documentation transferred to the yellow vaccination certificate, as the white leaflet is not an internationally recognised document. According to section 22 of the German protection against infection act (Infektionsschutzgesetz), any doctor can transfer entries from old vaccination cards or certificates to a new card or record vaccinations that have been carried out. Please contact your general practitioner for more information. 

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What is the digital vaccination record?

The digital vaccination record is another way of recording vaccinations. In the future, people who have been vaccinated will be able to store personal information such as their vaccination date and vaccine type conveniently on their smartphone.

As of 10 June 2021, the CovPass app for digital vaccination records is available in app stores. To receive a digital vaccination record, a digital vaccination certificate is required which confirms that vaccination took place. The vaccination certificate is available via a QR code, which can be scanned on a smartphone.

Those who are vaccinated at a vaccination centre will receive a vaccination certificate and their QR code automatically when they check out. Those who have already been fully vaccinated at a vaccination centre will receive their QR code by post.
The CovPass app can only read vaccination certificates (QR codes) that meet European standards and that are now being gradually issued by medical practices and pharmacies in addition to vaccination centres. These certificates have the title ‘EU-COVID-19 vaccination certificate’. In the future, evidence of recovery from a coronavirus infection or a negative coronavirus test will also be displayed in the app. The app is provided free of charge by the Robert Koch Institute. Use of the app is voluntary.

The digital record can also be displayed in the official Corona-Warn-App provided by the state.

For more information about the CovPass app, visit:

https://digitaler-impfnachweis-app.de/

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Will the vaccination I received abroad be recognised here?

To ensure that you can avail of the benefits of being fully vaccinated here after receiving your vaccination abroad, please note the following:

  • You must have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines that are recognised here (BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, as of 3/6/2021). For a current overview, please see the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute: www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19. If you only received one vaccine dose rather than two intended doses (e.g. in the case of BioNTech) because you previously had the coronavirus, you will need to submit a PCR test.
  • In addition, the vaccination certificate must be available in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in physical or digital form.

In principle, it is possible to transfer to the new vaccination certificate in Germany. However, due to limited capacity during the pandemic, this may not happen until a later time. It is therefore recommended that you bring your verification document with you at all times.

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How do I register for a vaccination appointment?

A total of four different registration lists are now available at  https://impfzentrum.bremen.de for different population groups. All Bremen residents over the age of 16 can register for an appointment via this website and thus express their desire to be vaccinated. If there is vaccine available at the vaccination centres in Bremen or Bremerhaven, the individuals registered on these lists will be contacted and provided with an appointment code. The vaccination itself is carried out at the vaccination centre.

Due to the fact that vaccines are still in short supply, the prioritised groups are currently still being vaccinated before other groups as recommended by Germany’s Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO). This means that individuals on the red list will be vaccinated first.

At the same time, many GPs with private practices are also offering vaccination appointments now that prioritisation has been lifted. But as vaccines continue to be in short supply, there may be a delay in receiving an appointment here as well.

Who is being vaccinated by doctors?

GPs in private practice usually vaccinate their own regular patients.

If you do not have a GP, please contact a general practice that carries out vaccinations. Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bremen (Bremen Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians) maintains a list of those practices that offer COVID-19 vaccinations on their website:

 https://www.kvhb.de/arztsuche

Alternatively, you can register online to be vaccinated at the vaccination centre at  https://impfzentrum.bremen.de.

How does the vaccination process work at the vaccination centre?

Please arrive at the vaccination centre at the scheduled time. Please wear an FFP2 mask inside the vaccination centre. If you forget your mask, we can provide you with a mask at the entrance.

Please set aside around 60 minutes for your visit to the vaccination centre. You are welcome to bring somebody with you.

Please bring the following documents with you to your vaccination appointment:

  • Your ID card or passport
  • Your health card (health insurance card), if available
  • Your vaccination record, if available (if you do not have a vaccination record, we will provide you one at the centre)
  • Your personal invitation to the vaccination appointment (if available)

Please also bring one of the following certificates with you to your vaccination appointment if you have had COVID-19:

  • A positive PCR test result
  • A letter from the public health department (informing you of the requirement to quarantine because of a documented infection or a certificate of recovery)
  • A discharge letter received after inpatient treatment
  • An original medical certificate

Results of rapid antigen tests to demonstrate contact with the SARS-CoV-2 virus will not be accepted.

Please bring the following document with you to your vaccination appointment if you are 16 or 17 years old:

  • A consent form completed and signed by your legal guardian or custodian
  • Alternatively: Come to your appointment with one of the above-mentioned individuals

You will be given the opportunity to speak to a doctor about vaccination at the vaccination centre. If you subsequently agree to receive a vaccination, this will then be carried out.

You should plan in a little bit of time to rest after the vaccination (about 15 minutes).

Before you leave, your first vaccination will be documented and you will be given a reminder of your second vaccination appointment.

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How can I change my appointment at the vaccination centre?

To change your appointment details, you will need to re-enter your code at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de. You will see the button ‘CANCEL APPOINTMENT’ at the bottom of the page. Click here and you will then be asked to enter your date of birth. You will then be able to cancel your appointment and your code can be used to create a new appointment. If your first vaccination appointment is already in the past, you will also see the button ‘CHANGE SECOND APPOINTMENT’.

For verification, you will need to enter your date of birth again. A new date for the second vaccination can then be selected and saved in the final step.

How can I reschedule a missed appointment?

If you are already registered but do not keep your appointment, the dates for your first and second vaccinations will become void. Your code can then be used to create a new appointment.

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Do I need a vaccination certificate to get vaccinated?

If you have a vaccination record, please being it with you to your vaccination appointment. If you do not have a vaccination record, you will receive a replacement certificate, which is an official, recognised document (equivalent to your vaccination record). Please remember to bring your ID card with you to your vaccination.

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I have already had the coronavirus. When can I be vaccinated?

In its Epidemiological Bulletin 27/2021 published on 8 July 2021, the STIKO states that, under certain medical conditions, a one-dose vaccination can be given after four weeks following a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Patients that have recovered from COVID-19 and wish to move their already scheduled vaccination appointment to an earlier date can do so online (or via the call centre) using their code, subject to appointment and vaccine availability. During the medical consultation, the physician will then clarify whether there are any medical objections to receiving an earlier vaccination.

Individuals that have recovered from COVID-19 and have not yet made an appointment to be vaccinated can register via one of the online registration lists available at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

Can I choose the vaccine I receive?

No, you cannot choose your vaccine. You will receive a vaccination offer with the vaccine that suits your age group and is currently available.

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What are the side effects or reactions to the vaccination?

It is important to distinguish between vaccination reactions and side effects. Reactions can occur immediately after the coronavirus vaccination, as with any vaccination, and these usually last for just a few days.

Reactions at the injection site:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Reddening at the injection site
  • Swelling at the injection site

General symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches 
  • Muscular pains

However, if you are experiencing side effects 4 to 16 days after your vaccination, you should seek medical help. You should contact a doctor immediately if you develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, abdominal pain or swelling in your arms or legs 4 to 16 days after vaccination. You should also seek immediate medical help if you have a severe or persistent headache or have blood spots on your skin.

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Why are there now four registration lists at the vaccination centre?

For those who would like to register for a vaccination appointment at the vaccination centre, there are currently four registration lists in place:

The first list – labelled blue – is for all citizens who would like to register for a mix-and-match mRNA vaccine.

The second list – labelled green – is for all citizens of the federal state of Bremen aged over 18 who would like to register for an mRNA vaccine.

The third list – labelled red – is for all citizens of Bremen and Bremerhaven who belong to a priority group, in accordance with STIKO vaccination guidelines, and who have not yet been vaccinated.
Note: a certificate from your employer is no longer required.

The fourth list – also labelled blue – is for 16 and 17-year-olds in the federal state of Bremen who would like to register for the Comirnaty vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer. Anybody who has turned 16 by 1 July 2021 can register here, but they will need to bring a signed consent form from their legal guardian to their vaccination appointment.

You can register now in the appropriate list at

https://impfzentrum.bremen.de

Is it possible to shorten the interval between the first and second vaccinations?

The Bremen vaccination centre vaccinates on the basis of the recommendations from the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) and the available clinical trials for the vaccines. This also applies to the AstraZeneca vector vaccine. STIKO recommends an interval of twelve weeks between the two doses of this vaccine. Shortening the interval between the first and second doses could reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine and is therefore not advisable from a medical perspective. For this reason, you will receive your second vaccination after the recommended interval.

We therefore kindly ask you to refrain from requests to reschedule an appointment that do not comply with the STIKO recommendations. Capacities at the vaccination centre are scheduled far in advance and is not possible to reschedule appointments to an earlier date for organisational reasons.

Will I receive a vaccination certificate if I have already had COVID-19?

In general, you can assume that you have acquired immunity after contracting COVID-19. However, it is not yet possible to definitively determine how long the protective effect lasts. If you have already had COVID-19, you can receive a vaccination as early as four weeks after recovering. You are considered to have received your first vaccination after contracting COVID-19, which means you will then receive your second vaccination and thus your vaccination certificate.

In order to receive a vaccination following a SARS-CoV-2 infection, you must provide one of the following forms of evidence documenting your infection:

  • A positive result of a PCR test or specific antibody test (can currently only be issued with a PCR test. It will only be possible to issue a vaccination certificate based on a specific antibody test after Germany’s Coronavirus Protection Ordinance has been amended.)
  • The letter from the public health department requesting you to go into quarantine due to a documented infection
  • A recovery certificate from the public health department
  • A discharge letter received after inpatient treatment
  • An original medical certificate

Positive results from rapid antigen tests will not be accepted.

You can find further questions and answers about the coronavirus vaccination here.