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The Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) now generally recommends Corona vaccination for persons aged 5 and over. Vaccination is generally possible on the part of the state for this group of persons.

Vaccination of children and adolescents aged 5 to 11 years is possible in the following vaccination centres in Rhineland-Palatinate.

  • Vaccination center Alzey-Worms
  • Vaccination center Bad Dürkheim
  • Vaccination center Bernkastel-Wittlich
  • Vaccination center Birkenfeld
  • Vaccination center Frankenthal (Pfalz)
  • Vaccination center Germersheim/Südpfalz
  • Vaccination center Kaiserslautern
  • Vaccination center Koblenz
  • Vaccination center Ludwigshafen
  • Vaccination center Mainz
  • Vaccination center Neustadt
  • Vaccination center Rhein-Lahn-Kreis
  • Vaccination center Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis
  • Vaccination center Speyer

Please select one of these vaccination centres for registration if you wish to register a child under 12 for vaccination. Vaccination for children 12 years and older is possible in all vaccination centres available for selection.

With the 20th update of the vaccination recommendation against COVID -19 dated 24 May 2022, the Standing Commission on Vaccination recommends the following Corona vaccinations:

Children between 5 and 11 years of age

  • One vaccine dose for healthy children
  • One basic immunisation, consisting of two vaccinations, for healthy children with close contacts at high risk of severe COVID-19 who cannot be safely protected by vaccination themselves (e.g. people on immunosuppressive therapy).
  • A basic immunisation consisting of two vaccinations and a booster vaccination for children with pre-existing conditions including immunodeficiency.  (Booster vaccination is recommended for children with pre-existing conditions at an interval of ≥6 months after completed basic immunisation and for children with immunodeficiency at an interval of ≥3 months after completed basic immunisation).
  • For children with a proven immunodeficiency, a second booster vaccination is also recommended at an interval of 3 months from the previous vaccination.
  • The recommendation for basic immunisation (2 vaccinations) after proven infection thus also applies to 5- to 11-year-old children with a previous illness. Children without previous illnesses who have already had a laboratory-diagnostically confirmed SARSCoV-2 infection should not be vaccinated for the time being.

In deviation from the STIKO recommendation, a complete basic immunisation consisting of two vaccinations can be administered to children from 5 years of age if the parents/legal guardians so wish. According to the German Infection Protection Act (IfSG) and corresponding EU regulations, two vaccinations are necessary for a valid vaccination certificate.

Please select a vaccination centre where children under 12 can be vaccinated. You can find a corresponding overview under the point In which vaccination centres can children and adolescents be vaccinated?

Adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age

  • Basic immunisation consisting of two doses at intervals of 3-6 weeks and a booster vaccination after 3-6 months (12-17 year-olds with previous illnesses should receive their booster as early as possible. 12-17 year-olds without a previous illness should receive their booster vaccination at a longer interval of up to 6 months).

For the vaccination of children and adolescents up to and including 15 years of age, the consent of the vaccinated person is required, as well as the accompaniment of at least one person with legal guardianship who agrees to the vaccination in writing (for documentation reasons) and assures that he or she is authorised to do so by any co-legal guardians. For adolescents over 16 years of age, written parental consent is required. You can download this here.

Under the following circumstances, you are NOT currently eligible to be vaccinated against coronavirus at the Immunization Center:

Yes. After thorough consultation and evaluation of available studies, STIKO recommends vaccination against COVID-19 to pregnant women from the 2nd trimester and to breastfeeding women (see: Epidemiological Bulletin 38/2021 (rki.de)). The recommendation is based on a systematic review of data that have become available in recent weeks on the risk of severe COVID-19 events in pregnancy and on the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Studies indicate that vaccination of pregnant women may also provide protection for the newborn.

On November 10, the STIKO specified that pregnant women should be offered Biontech's mRNA vaccine Comirnaty regardless of age when they receive COVID-19 vaccination. Pregnant women who have already completed their basic immunization are recommended to receive a booster vaccination with Comirnaty mRNA vaccine at least 3 months apart from the last vaccine dose, regardless of age, starting in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy.

Please note that vaccination with Nuvaxovid is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.

The STIKO assumes that a passed symptomatic or asymptomatic infection with SARS-CoV-2 is not sufficient to prevent subsequent COVID-19 diseases. Rather, immunological studies and observational clinical studies have shown that solid protection against infection and severe disease caused by variants of SARS-CoV-2 can only be achieved by repeated exposure to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2. This can be achieved by vaccination three times or by a combination of natural infection and vaccination (hybrid immunity). Therefore, persons with one or more past confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections* should also be vaccinated. The chronological sequence of the occurrence of the three immunological events (SARS-CoV-2 infection or COVID-19 vaccination) is irrelevant. However, there must be a minimum time interval between the respective events so that they can be assessed as two separate, immunologically effective events. The following basic rules should be observed:

  • the minimum interval between the 1st and 2nd vaccination is 3 (Comirnaty, Nuvaxovid) or 4 weeks (other vaccines).
  • there must be an interval of >3 months between two consecutive SARS-CoV-2 infections.
  • Since December 2021, the STIKO has recommended an interval of >3 months between a SARS-CoV-2 infection and a subsequent COVID-19 vaccination. If this interval is not observed, the infection and vaccination are only to be regarded as separate immunological events if there was an interval of at least 4 weeks. The same rule applies to the occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 infection after COVID-19 vaccination.
  • the minimum interval between the second and third event shall be three months.
  • If the minimum interval between two events is not reached, only the later event is considered to be an immunologically effective event.
  • To achieve the best possible immunity (hybrid immunity), a booster vaccination is also recommended for unvaccinated persons who have had three or more SARS-CoV-2 infections.

Based on these basic rules, the STIKO has summarised the further procedure with the respective necessary immunisations for different vaccination and infection histories in Table 7 of the 20th update.

* The proof of a confirmed, passed SARS-CoV-2 infection can be done by direct pathogen detection (PCR) at the time of infection or by the detection of specific antibodies, which prove a passed infection. The laboratory diagnostic findings should have been obtained in a laboratory working according to the guideline of the German Medical Association for the quality assurance of laboratory medical examinations (RiLiBÄK) or accredited according to DIN EN ISO 15189.

The current recommendation of the STIKO no longer provides for a vaccination interval between the Corona vaccination and the administration of inactivated vaccines. Provided that there is an indication for vaccination against other diseases such as influenza, as well as against COVID-19, simultaneous administration of the two vaccines is possible.

When 2 vaccines are administered simultaneously, it should be noted that vaccine reactions may occur more frequently than when administered separately. Efficacy and safety with concurrent use of different vaccines are generally equivalent to those with each used alone.

There is no general vaccination obligation for all citizens in Germany.

On Dec. 10, 2021, the Bundestag passed the so-called "facility-based" vaccination requirement. Employees of clinics, nursing homes and similar facilities must provide their employer with proof of vaccination or recovery.

For further information, please refer to Handreichung zur einrichtungsbezogenen Impfpflicht nach § 20a des Infektionsschutzgesetzes (IfSG) (as of 23.03.2022).

Until now, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) has recommended that all persons vaccinated abroad with a vaccine not licensed in the European Union should receive a new vaccination series with a vaccine licensed in the EU.

With the 19th update of the COVID-19- vaccination recommendation dated March 31, 2022, STIKO has now adapted this recommendation. A new complete vaccination series is now no longer necessary in every case.

Recommendation for fully basic immunized persons

The recommendation of the Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) concerns the following vaccines not licensed in the European Union:

  • CoronaVac by Sinovac
  • Covilo from Sinopharm
  • Covaxin from Bharat Biotech International Ltd.
    (inactivated whole virus vaccines)
     
  • Sputnik V from Gamelaya
    (vector-based vaccine).

Individuals who have been fully primed (i.e., vaccinated twice) with any of these vaccines or have received a priming plus booster vaccination with any of the above vaccines are recommended to receive 1 mRNA vaccine dose at least 3 months apart from the previous vaccine dose.

If a laboratory-diagnostically confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection has occurred after completed basic immunization with one of the above-mentioned vaccines not licensed in the EU, the mRNA vaccination should be administered no earlier than 3 months after infection.

Here, the age-dependent use of Comirnaty and Spikevax should be considered. The STIKO recommends the vaccine Spikevax from Moderna only for persons over 30 years of age and - regardless of age - not for pregnant women.

Persons with one vaccine dose

Persons who have received only one dose of one of the above vaccines should, however, receive a new vaccination series with basic immunization and booster vaccination according to the COVID-19 vaccination recommendation of the STIKO.

Rationale for the recommendation

According to STIKO, current data show that after basic immunization with inactivated whole virus vaccines, which have not yet been licensed in the EU, booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine leads to good protection. This is comparable to the protection achieved with three mRNA vaccinations.

According to STIKO, there are no corresponding data for Sputnik V so far. However, for immunological reasons, it can be assumed that a single mRNA vaccination after Sputnik V basic immunization is similarly effective as the mRNA booster vaccination after the vector-based vaccines Vaxzevria or COVID-19 vaccine JCovden.

Recommendation on other vaccines not licensed in the EU
For persons who have received vaccines not licensed in the EU other than those mentioned above, the STIKO recommendation of a renewed vaccination series with a vaccine licensed in the EU continues to apply. Here, the age-appropriate COVID-19 recommendations of the STIKO must be observed.

Corona vaccinations are generally available from general practitioners. On the part of the state, Corona vaccinations are offered for persons with a vaccination recommendation at the reactivated vaccination centers and at the mobile vaccination buses, as well as at vaccination points at some hospital locations in the state since November 23. In addition, there are numerous community vaccination sites and the option of vaccination at selected pharmacies. Detailed information can be found in the following information.

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate, together with the municipalities, has set up vaccination centers close to their locations in order to be able to offer citizens a quick and uncomplicated vaccination service.
You can use this page to register for an appointment at a vaccination center or vaccination office. An up-to-date overview of the utilization of all vaccination centers in Rhineland-Palatinate can be found clearly on our map.

Vaccination of children and adolescents aged 5 to 11 years is possible in the following vaccination centres in Rhineland-Palatinate:

  • Vaccination center Alzey-Worms
  • Vaccination center Bad Dürkheim
  • Vaccination center Bernkastel-Wittlich
  • Vaccination center Birkenfeld
  • Vaccination center Frankenthal (Pfalz)
  • Vaccination center Germersheim/Südpfalz
  • Vaccination center Kaiserslautern
  • Vaccination center Koblenz
  • Vaccination center Ludwigshafen
  • Vaccination center Mainz
  • Vaccination center Neustadt
  • Vaccination center Rhein-Lahn-Kreis
  • Vaccination center Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis
  • Vaccination center Speyer

Please select one of these vaccination centres for registration if you wish to register a child under 12 for vaccination. Vaccination for children 12 years and older is possible in all vaccination centres available for selection.

Vaccination without an appointment is possible everywhere in the state. Several mobile vaccination bus teams travel throughout Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition, numerous hospitals and pharmacies actively support the vaccination campaign. Many vaccination centers in Rhineland-Palatinate also offer open vaccination without an appointment at times.

An overview of vaccination opportunities without prior appointment can be found here

Vaccination can take place in all facilities that have reported vaccination readiness to the German Red Cross (DRK) coordination center. Vaccination is carried out either by the mobile vaccination teams or by the facilities themselves. These can carry out vaccinations in self-organization in cooperation with a general practitioner and a pharmacist on site. The vaccine for these vaccinations is also supplied by the DRK coordination center.

On this page you can register for individual appointments and group appointments for a maximum of two people (each for first vaccination, second vaccination or booster vaccination) at a vaccination centre. In the first registration step, you enter your e-mail address. You will then receive an email with access to the registration form and can book your vaccination appointment. After successfully booking your appointment, you will receive an email with the appointment confirmation, as well as an optional SMS or postal confirmation.

You can make a vaccination appointment for a maximum of two people per registration process. You select for each person whether it is an appointment for the first, second and booster vaccination. The appointments can take place at the same time or on different days and times.

If you would like to book two simultaneous appointments, this is only possible if the respective vaccination intervals and vaccination intervals allow this. For children aged 5-11 years, special vaccination days are offered in some vaccination centres; simultaneous vaccination appointments of adults and children are only possible on children's vaccination days.

Special time slots may also be offered for vaccinations with the protein vaccine Nuvaxovid from the manufacturer Novavax. Simultaneous vaccination of two persons is only possible if both persons are vaccinated with the protein vaccine Nuvaxovid or none.

If you wish to postpone or cancel an appointment, please use our online form.

It is of great importance for medical research that as many people as possible report on their vaccination and the tolerability of the respective vaccine. Please use the online form to indicate whether and from which side effects you were affected.

Vaccination is free of charge for all citizens and is covered by the state.