Information for parents and guardians

Children can also contract COVID-19 and spread the virus. Children aged 5 or older can get vaccinated. In the following articles, you can find out where children can get vaccinated in Bremen and Bremerhaven, what information should be considered in relation to this, as well as any other information relevant to infection with the coronavirus, the vaccination of children, applicable protective measures and recommendations.

 

Where can I get my child vaccinated in Bremen and Bremerhaven?

In Bremen

Children aged 5 to 11 can get vaccinated at the children’s vaccination centre. They do not need an appointment and can simply come along at any time during the opening hours.

Children aged 12 or older can get vaccinated at any vaccination station – including at vaccination trucks or from mobile teams – without an appointment, at any time during the opening hours.

You can check the vaccination stations in Bremen here

In Bremerhaven

Children aged 5 to 11 need an appointment, subject to prior registration. 
For more information, visit www.bremerhaven.de/impfen.
Alternatively, you can also make an appointment by phone:
Vaccination call centre Bremen, Tel.: 0421 5775 1177.

Children aged 12 or older can get vaccinated without an appointment at any vaccination station – including at the vaccination bus – at any time during the opening hours.

You can check the  vaccination stations in Bremerhaven here 

Alternatives to vaccination stations

Many paediatricians can also offer vaccination. Simply enquire at your local medical practice.

 

Please remember to bring a declaration of consent in writing with you:

For children aged 5 to 11, vaccination is only possible if the parents or guardians, typically both, consent to the vaccination.
The child can come with one or both parents or guardians. However, declaration of consent in writing must be provided by all parents or guardians.
Here is the declaration of consent:

For children and teenagers aged 12 to 15, the following applies: They must be accompanied to the vaccination station by at least one adult. Declaration of consent in writing from all parents or guardians is also required.
Here is the declaration of consent:

Teenagers aged 16 to 17 can come to the vaccination station on their own, however they must bring a declaration of consent in writing from a parent or guardian.
Here is the declaration of consent

As a general rule, you should bring the following documents with you:

  • ID card and child’s ID or passport (if available)
  • Declaration of consent from parents/guardians 
  • Your child’s health insurance card
  • Vaccination card (if you do not have a vaccination card for your child, we will issue one on the day)

You can also bring other siblings aged 5 or older to get vaccinated on the same day in the city of Bremen. Please make sure that you have all necessary documents with you (see above). 

Generell sollten Sie folgende Unterlagen mitbringen:

  • Personalausweis und Kinderausweis oder Reisepass (wenn vorhanden)
  • Einverständniserklärung der Eltern/Sorgeberechtigten 
  • Gesundheitskarte Ihres Kindes (Krankenkassenkarte)
  • Impfausweis (wenn Sie keinen Impfausweis für Ihr Kind haben, stellen wir Ihrem Kind einen Impfausweis vor Ort aus)

Gerne können Sie in der Stadt Bremen auch weitere Geschwisterkinder ab 5 Jahren mitbringen und vor Ort impfen lassen. Bitte achten Sie auf vollständig zur Verfügung stehende Unterlagen (s. o.). 

For more information about the regulations and about vaccination for children and teenagers in Bremen and Bremerhaven, see the website of the Senator for Health, Women and Consumer Protection:

 

You can find information about day care centres and schools in Bremen, the latest infection rates, and all the regulations regarding mask wearing, testing, quarantining and protective measures on the website of the Senator for Children and Education:

More questions and answers about vaccination for children and teenagers

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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

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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

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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/

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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/

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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

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