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Coronavirus vaccination: frequently asked questions

As of: June 3, 2021

Vaccination

No, there is no obligation to get vaccinated against Corona.

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No, the vaccination will be free of charge for citizens regardless of whether they have health insurance. The cost of the vaccine will be paid by the federal government. The federal states, together with the statutory health insurance companies and private health insurance companies, will pay for the costs of running the vaccination centers.

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In principle, those people who are resident in Berlin and are eligible to be vaccinated according to the Corona Vaccination Ordinance can be vaccinated in Berlin. Non-residents who are eligible to be vaccinated due to their work for a Berlin employer can also be vaccinated. Non-resident people with close contact to pregnant women or eligible people in need of long-term care can also be vaccinated if the pregnant women or eligible people in need of long-term care are resident in Berlin.

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If you experience any side effects after vaccination, please contact your doctor.

According to Sections 6 and 8 of the infection protection act (Infektionsschutzgesetz – IfSG) only health professionals are obliged to report suspected adverse reactions to the relevant authority. Citizens can report suspected adverse reactions voluntarily.

According to Section 6 (1) of the IfSG, a suspicion of damage to health which is more than a normal vaccination reaction must be reported to the public health department.

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If there are new side effects, they are published on the RKI website. This is also pointed out in the information talk before the vaccination.

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If you have side effects or complications related to the vaccination, please contact your doctor.

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It isn’t known yet how long the protection of the vaccines will last. It must be taken into account that the protective effect also depends on the vaccine used. New findings on the duration of the protective effect are published on the websites of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Robert Koch Institute.

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As there is not yet sufficient experience regarding these vaccinations, they are currently only recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding after an individual risk-benefit assessment. Please clarify the possibility of vaccination in individual cases personally with your doctor.

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As of June 7, the prioritization of persons eligible for vaccination will no longer apply. This means that everyone in the state of Berlin who is eligible for vaccination can make an appointment with their general practitioners and specialist doctors, as well as in the Berlin Corona vaccination centers.

Since the approval of the vaccine BioNTech children over the age of 12 can also make an appointment for vaccination at doctors’ practices or at the Corona vaccination centers.

Please be patient when booking appointments, as currently the demand for vaccination is greater than the availability. As soon as there is more vaccine available there will be more appointments.

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Vaccinations are the best way to protect yourself and others from infectious diseases like Corona. They also help prevent infectious diseases from spreading.

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No, you do not get a rapid Corona test before vaccination. Your body temperature may be measured.

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Yes, vaccination is not possible if you are ill. If you have any questions about your individual situation, please contact your doctor.

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The interval between the first and second vaccination is six or twelve weeks, depending on the vaccine. This should be observed as closely as possible. When vaccination center appointments are made, the second appointment takes into account the correct interval.

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A new first vaccination is not necessary. However, the second vaccination should be given as soon as possible.

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Yes, vaccinated persons must also continue to comply with existing hygiene regulations.

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The general anti-corona measures still apply to vaccinated persons. All rules – such as wearing a mask – and restrictions – such as going into quarantine after entering the country – still apply to vaccinated persons.

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Yes, people who have been vaccinated must also continue to comply with the existing hygiene regulations.

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Vaccination center

In principle, you can choose the vaccination center. However, there are currently age restrictions for some vaccines due to recommendations of the STIKO or the Paul Ehrlich Institute. Please take this into account when choosing your vaccination center:

  • AstraZeneca: only for people over 60 years of age.
  • BioNTech: also for 16- and 17-year-olds
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Each vaccination center is at least barrier-free. For more information, please see the description of the vaccination centers at service.berlin.de/corona.

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Eligible persons can be vaccinated at a Berlin vaccination center or by a general practitioner in Berlin.

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This is not usually possible. Please organize your journey so that accompanying persons are waiting for you outside the building. Assistance is available at the vaccination center if you need it. Only in exceptional circumstances (e.g. legal guardian) may an accompanying person enter the building. The reason is to ensure that not too many people are allowed in the building at the same time.

Persons who are dependent on specially trained personnel such as a sign language interpreter may be accompanied by this person. Please provide proof of impairment by presenting the appropriate official identification.

Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. In the case of minors aged 16 and older, their legal representative can be present. However, there must be at least a written declaration of consent from the legal representative for the vaccination.

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There is some parking but all of the vaccination centers can be easily reached by public transport. You can also find out whether it is possible to travel by taxi or another transport service. You can find more information on how to get there in the description of your vaccination center at service.berlin.de/corona.

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It is planned that contact persons for the languages German, English, Turkish and French will be available in the vaccination centers. Information materials will also be provided in various languages. In addition, it is possible to make use of telephone language mediation services at the vaccination center.

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Yes, water is available after vaccination.

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Yes, your dog can also accompany you in the vaccination center. However, you will be accompanied only by medical professionals when going into the vaccination booth itself. Your dog can wait outside the vaccination booth.

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Receiving an appointment

You can postpone your vaccination appointment online using your message of confirmation if you provided an email address or cell phone number when booking. You can also contact the Corona vaccination hotline by phone.

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No, the booking for the second appointment is made together with the booking for the first appointment.

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No. The QR codes are personal, so there is no advantage to buying or otherwise acquiring a code.

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No. Invitations are personalized and will be sent in the order specified by the coronavirus vaccination ordinance (CoronaImpfV).

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In this case, please come to the vaccination center anyway and register when you arrive.

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No, it is not possible to book an appointment for the same day.

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No, cancellation of the appointment on the same day should be avoided at all costs, as it takes time to get the vaccine ready as the provision of the vaccine requires a lead time. If you wish to cancel your appointment, you can do so online or via the coronavirus vaccination hotline no later than the day before.

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Please check online in the appointment booking system to see if your appointment is registered. You can also contact the coronavirus vaccination hotline by phone.

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People in one household are likely to be vaccinated in the same center. It should also be possible to book two related appointments if both persons are eligible.

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Privacy

Your address data comes from the population register. This data was used to send you an invitation for vaccination.

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The Berlin Senate has decided to contact you. If the Senate considers it necessary, it will contact you again.

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The procedure

Please do not arrive at the entrance to the vaccination center until the appointed time on the appointed day (approximately 5 minutes before).

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Allow 1 – 1.5 hours (including a follow-up observation period).

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A 30-minute follow-up period is provided for medical reasons. A separate room with seating is available for this purpose.

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As the vaccination doses are planned and prepared according to the reserved dates, it is not possible to go to another center to be vaccinated. If you are not sure what to do, please contact a staff member in the vaccination center.

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In this case, you will not be able to enter the vaccination center and will be asked to contact your doctor to find out the cause. The vaccination can be postponed to a later date. You can make a new appointment online on the following day or ring the vaccination hotline.

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It is not possible to store luggage in the vaccination center. Therefore, please do not bring larger items of luggage (maximum dimensions: height 35 cm, width 25cm and depth 15cm).

In addition, please do not carry any dangerous objects (knives, pepper spray, etc.). There will be bag checks.

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Vaccine

Like any other vaccine, the new Corona virus vaccine is subject to intensive testing. The approval process is subject to strict scientific and public health controls, which means that this new vaccine also meets the high national and international quality requirements and will only be approved after sufficient testing.

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According to approval studies, efficacy can be assumed to be above 90% for BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and above 70% for AstraZeneca.

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According to current knowledge, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (BioNTech and Moderna) provide high rates of efficacy of up to 95%. In order to provide sufficient protection, the vaccine must be administered twice. Vaccine protection presented in the clinical trials was calculated from 7 days (BioNTech) or 14 days (Moderna) after the 2nd vaccination. The probability of contracting COVID-19 was 95% and 94% lower in those vaccinated against COVID-19 than in those not vaccinated. For example, imagine that in an area with many active COVID-19 cases, there are about 20 cases per 1,000 people. In this situation, if some of the population in that area were then vaccinated, 20 out of every 1,000 unvaccinated persons would contract COVID-19, but only about 1 out of every 1,000 vaccinated persons would. Therefore, if a person vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine comes into contact with the pathogen, he or she is highly unlikely to become ill.

How long the vaccination protection lasts is currently not known. Protection also does not begin immediately after vaccination, and some vaccinated persons remain unprotected. In addition, it is not yet known whether the vaccination also protects against colonization with the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 or against transmission of the pathogen to other persons. Therefore, despite vaccination, it is necessary to protect yourself and others by following the Corona rules (social distancing, hygiene measures, mask wearing and ventilation).

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Required documents

The following documents are required so that you can be vaccinated:

  • ID card, passport or residence permit
  • Letter of invitation for vaccination with code or proof of eligibility according to Section 3 or Section 4 of the Corona Vaccination Ordinance (e.g. certificate from doctor or employer or principal, etc.)
  • Vaccination certificate (if available)
  • Medical history form, consent form and information sheet

The medical history form, consent form and information sheet will no longer be sent with the vaccination invitation. Please bring the completed and signed documents with you to your vaccination appointment. You can find these documents on the Vaccination Against Corona (SARS-CoV-2) service page in the “Required Documents” section. If you do not have the possibility to download these documents, they are available at the vaccination centers.

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Please bring all the documents with you. The following are essential:

  • your identity card, passport or residence permit as well as
  • the letter with the booking code or the proof of vaccination entitlement

otherwise you cannot be vaccinated.

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If you have a vaccination certificate, it is recommended that you bring it with you. This way, the vaccination can be documented in it right away. If you do not have a vaccination certificate with you, you will receive a separate certificate of vaccination. You can have the vaccination recorded in your vaccination certificate later by your family doctor.

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Yes, you can still be vaccinated. You will, in any case, receive a separate vaccination record card. Later, you can have the vaccination entered in the vaccination pass at your doctor’s practice.

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Yes, you can still receive your second vaccination. The vaccination center where you received your first vaccination will document both of your vaccinations.

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Mobile vaccination teams

Nursing facilities are informed separately by the Senate Department for Health, Care and Equality.

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Persons with limited mobility should first ask for assistance from family, friends and acquaintances regarding transport and being accompanied.

In addition, there is the possibility to use special transport services.

People over the age of 80 can also take a taxi for transportation to the vaccination centers and back to their homes.

Mobile vaccination teams are currently only available for inpatient care facilities due to the small amount of vaccine available and the very complex vaccine preparation process.

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Yes, the respective outpatient care services will receive separate information on this from the Senate Department for Health, Care and Equality.

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Yes, the respective outpatient care services will receive separate information on this from the Senate Department for Health, Care and Equality.

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Persons who are unable to visit a vaccination center due to limited mobility.

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Nursing facilities are informed separately by the Senate Department for Health, Care and Equality.

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Medical issues

In such cases, please ask your doctor prior to the vaccination appointment.

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Currently, the following side effects are known:

According to the Robert Koch Institute, typical complaints after a vaccination are redness, swelling and pain at the vaccination site; general reactions such as fever, headache, pain in the limbs and feeling sick are also possible. These reactions show that the vaccine is having the desired effect on the immune system and usually go away completely after a few days.

Specific side effects: No serious safety concerns have been identified to date; however, the observation period for relevant vaccine side effects has currently been too short to identify such concerns.

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Possible side effects can be expected shortly after vaccination.

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All vaccines can lead to allergic reactions. These include both short-term local hypersensitivity reactions after vaccination and serious potentially life-threatening immediate reactions (anaphylaxis). The Paul Ehrlich Institute, which is responsible for the safety assessment of vaccines in Germany, states the average frequency of anaphylactic reactions after administration of vaccines currently licensed in Germany to be 0.4 to 11.8 per 1 million vaccine doses.

Based on the currently available data, the Paul Ehrlich Institute estimates that there is no generally increased risk of serious adverse effects for persons with known diseases from the atopic-allergic group (e.g. asthma, neurodermatitis and allergic rhinitis with conjunctivitis (rhinoconjunctivitis) including hay fever and dust mite allergy) after vaccination with Comirnaty or COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna.

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In general, physical exertion and going to the sauna should be avoided immediately after vaccination. Based on current information, driving is allowed after vaccination.

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Yes, although the vaccine provides a very high level of protection, unfortunately 100% protection cannot be guaranteed.

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The vaccine is injected by medical personnel.

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For the first vaccines, approximately 0.3 – 0.5 ml of the vaccine is administered per vaccination.

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It is currently not known how long the vaccination protection lasts. Protection also does not begin immediately after vaccination, and some vaccinated persons remain unprotected. In addition, it is not yet known whether the vaccination also protects against colonization with the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 or against transmission of the pathogen to other persons. Therefore, despite vaccination, it is necessary to protect yourself and your surroundings by following the Corona rules (social distancing, hygiene measures, mask wearing and ventilation).

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There are no long-term observations for coronavirus vaccinations, so this is not yet known.

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