FAQ

Do you want to learn more about the ‘Bremen against coronavirus’ campaign, the vaccination process in the state of Bremen or another subject? Here, you can find all the most important questions and answers.

 

Information about booster vaccinations

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More questions and answers about vaccination for children and teenagers

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

Vaccination certificates and documentation

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.

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

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. 

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

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/

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

Will my vaccination certificate from 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.

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

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.

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

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
  • 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.

Positive Covid test? Tips and help

Positive self-test: what do I do now?

You have to assume that you are infectious to other people. See the website of the Bremen Senator for Health, Women and Consumer Protection to find out what you should do now. 

I have symptoms: what do I do now?

If you experience any symptoms of illness, first consult your general practitioner for further examination. Outside of regular surgery hours, you can call the on-call medical service of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians for the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen on 116 117. 

Red tile on the Corona-Warn-App: what do I do now?

See the website of the Federal Ministry of Health for more information about when the app will alert you and what you should do then: 

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Difference between quarantine and isolation

These are different measures for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Learn more on the website of the Bremen Senator for Health, Women and Consumer Protection. 

Everything you need to know about getting vaccinated

How does vaccination work?

See the website of the Federal Ministry of Health for more information about how the various approved vaccines work and how we can be sure that they are all safe.

How does the vaccination process work at the vaccination centre?

Please wear an FFP2 mask when you enter the vaccination centre or vaccination station. If you forget your mask, we can provide you with one 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.

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

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.

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

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.

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

The vaccine used for my vaccination is not recognised in Germany. What should I do?

If a vaccine was administered that has not been approved in Germany, the person concerned will need to be vaccinated again with a vaccine that is recognised here.

As a rule, a vaccination interval of at least four weeks after the first vaccination should be observed. In this case, too, the vaccine is usually selected in accordance with the recommendations from the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO).

 

I am travelling abroad – will my vaccination be recognised there?

If you are planning to travel abroad, you should find out in advance whether the vaccine you have received is recognised in that country. For example, Canada does not currently recognise mix-and match vaccinations.

You can find a list of the approved vaccines and vaccine product names abroad here:

Important to know: without a medical indication, no additional vaccination will be carried out at the Bremen vaccination centre allowing for vaccination status for tourist travel.

For more information about travelling during the coronavirus pandemic, visit:

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus.html

Register now at https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

 

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