Why get the booster vaccination?
We are only fully vaccinated and optimally protected once we have received our booster vaccination. The vaccines against the coronavirus offer effective, lasting protection against serious illness and death. However, studies show that vaccination protection declines over time. Booster vaccinations ensure continued complete protection against the coronavirus. Read more about this on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Who should get the booster vaccination?
In general, everybody who has been fully vaccinated previously should get the booster vaccination. As older people are at a higher risk of developing a more serious illness, it is important that all those aged 70 or older be vaccinated again. Read more about this on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Which vaccine is used?
The BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are used for booster vaccinations in the state of Bremen.
When should the booster vaccination be carried out?
As a general rule, the first and second vaccinations should have been provided between four weeks and three months previously. This depends on the vaccine provided and on the health and age of the person being vaccinated. Read more about the recommendations on the website of the Bremen Senator for Health, Women and Consumer Protection.
Where are the booster vaccinations provided?
The booster vaccination can be carried out in vaccination centres around the city, at vaccination trucks or buses, or by general practitioners.
What do I need to bring with me?
If possible, please bring the following documents:
- Your ID card or passport
- Health insurance card
- Vaccination certificate, if available
Proof of first and second vaccination is essential.
How can I register for a booster vaccination?
You can make an appointment online at impfzentrum.bremen.de. Or you can call the Bremen vaccination call centre to make an appointment: 0421 5775 1177. You can get your booster vaccination at the Am Brill vaccination centre, from the vaccination truck or from the mobile teams in Bremen without an appointment. You can expect to encounter waiting times here though, as demand is currently very high. Read more about the available dates and times.
Weitere Fragen und Antworten rund um die Impfung für Kinder und Jugendliche
What is the risk for children of getting infected with COVID-19? What will the illness be like for them if they get infected?
According to the latest research, children are somewhat less likely to contract the coronavirus. However, studies are ongoing. It is very rare for an otherwise healthy child (with no chronic underlying condition) to develop a severe form of the disease. The virus typically takes a mild form in children, similar to a cold.
For more information, visit: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/faqs/spezifische-personengruppen/kinder-und-die-pandemie/#id-b2d3ac6e-ca62-5afa-bfa6-beaf6f9d573b
From what age can children get vaccinated?
After weighing up all the data currently available, Germany’s Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) published a vaccination recommendation on 17 December 2021 for children aged 5 to 11 with underlying conditions. Vaccination against the coronavirus is also recommended for children who are in contact with people who are at high risk of developing a severe form of COVID-19 and who cannot be protected fully or only inadequately by being vaccinated themselves (such as those with compromised immune systems).
Important: Children without an underlying medical condition or who are in contact with those at high risk can also be vaccinated against COVID-19 after receiving the relevant medical information, if this is the individual wish of the parents or children.
For more information about this, see the website of the Federal Ministry of Health:https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/corona-im-alltag/kinder-und-familien/corona-schutzimpfung-fuer-kinder-ab-5-jahren-warum-sich-auch-kinder-im-alter/
To read the complete STIKO vaccination recommendation, visit: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/EpidBull/Archiv/2022/Ausgaben/01_22.pdf?__blob=publicationFile
Why should children aged 12 or older get vaccinated against COVID-19?
Coronavirus vaccination provides children aged 12 and older with safe, effective protection against severe illness from COVID-19. In addition, vaccination can also lessen the indirect effects of COVID-19, such as reduced participation in social and cultural activities for children and teenagers. Also, vaccination not only protects the health of your own child, but also that of other children and the people around you. This is because the more children who are vaccinated in the younger age groups, where there is a particularly high level of social contact, the more difficult it is for the virus to spread. And this, in turn, also protects those who cannot get vaccinated – such as babies and young children under the age of 5, for whom there is not yet an approved vaccine.
For more information, visit: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/impfen/kinder/corona-schutzimpfung-ab-12-jahren-welche-kinder-sich-impfen-lassen-sollten/
Do children receive the same vaccine as adults?
Children aged 5 to 11 are given the same mRNA vaccine from BioNTech as adults, albeit in a smaller dose. The children’s vaccine only contains 10 micrograms/dose concentrate, which is less than the dose provided to those aged 12 and older (30 micrograms/dose concentrate). To prevent any confusion with the adult vaccine, the children’s vaccine is labelled accordingly. The Standing Committee on Vaccination recommends waiting three to six weeks between doses.
For more information, visit: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/corona-im-alltag/kinder-und-familien/corona-schutzimpfung-fuer-kinder-ab-5-jahren-warum-sich-auch-kinder-im-alter/
What are the potential side effects of the children’s vaccine?
To date, no serious side effects have been identified from the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. In the pivotal study, many children had short-term reactions to the vaccine for 1–2 days, particularly after the second shot.
In many cases, this included some pain, redness or even swelling at the injection site, as well as headaches or fatigue. In addition, some children developed fever, diarrhoea, chills, or muscle and joint pain.
Before registering for your child’s vaccination, it is advised that you talk to your paediatrician about the vaccination and enquire about possible side effects.
For more information, visit: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/faq-covid-19-impfung.html