A vaccinated person is a person who has proof of vaccination in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in embodied or digital form, which confirms the existence of complete vaccination protection against the coronavirus and, in addition, is not suffering from typical symptoms of infection with the coronavirus.
The vaccinations on which the proof of vaccination is based must comply with the requirements specified in Section 22a (1) of the German Protection against Infection Act (IfSG) with regard to the following criteria:
a) vaccines used,
b) number of individual vaccinations required for complete vaccination protection,
c) interval times,
ca) which must be waited after a vaccination for complete vaccination protection, and
cb) the maximum time that may elapse between individual vaccinations.
Details of the various case histories for obtaining full vaccination protection can be found in this summary table.
It is sufficient to present the yellow vaccination certificate or the digital vaccination certificate.
Fully vaccinated persons or convalescent persons are treated in the same way as persons who have tested negative. Wherever a negative test result must be presented, it is sufficient to present the vaccination certificate or the convalescent certificate instead. This does not apply if a testing obligation is also expressly ordered for vaccinated or recovered persons (see "2G+ regulation").
Fully vaccinated persons or recovered persons may participate in all areas where a 2G regulation applies (see "2G Regulation").
For fully vaccinated persons or recovered persons who are close contacts or household members of a person who tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, there are exceptions to the quarantine requirement under certain circumstances see https://corona.rlp.de/de/themen/absonderung-und-quarantaeneregelungen/ under "Who Must Be Quarantined or Isolated?" - "Exceptions to the quarantine requirement?"
In addition, vaccinated or recovered individuals are exempt from the 2G+ testing requirement if certain conditions are met (see "Exemptions from 2G+ Rule").
An overview of the requirements for waiving the quarantine requirement and the testing requirement for 2G+ can be found in this table.
The mask obligation and the specifications in hygiene and protection concepts must also be complied with by fully vaccinated persons and recovered persons.
A recovered person is a person who is in possession of a certificate of recovery issued to him/her and is not suffering from typical symptoms of infection with the coronavirus.
A convalescent certificate is a certificate regarding the existence of a previous infection with the coronavirus in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in embodied or digital form, if the certificate complies with the requirements of Section 22a (2) of the German Protection against Infection Act (IfSG) with regard to the following criteria:
- Type of testing to detect prior infection,
- Time that must have elapsed after testing to detect the previous infection or evidence to cancel the segregation that occurred due to the previous infection,
- the maximum time that may have elapsed since testing to detect the previous infection.
The convalescent certificate shall become valid from the 29th day after the test is taken and shall cease to be valid after a total of 90 days.
A digital certificate of recovery or vaccination can also be deposited in the Corona Warn app or CovPass app as of July 9, 2021. The certificate or QR code needed for this can be obtained at pharmacies. The vaccination schedule (1 of 1 vaccinations) is noted in the certificate as a fully valid final vaccination. To obtain the digital vaccination certificate at the pharmacy, convalescents must present three documents: an identification document with photo, proof of a positive PCR test OR an official convalescent certificate and proof of the one-time Corona vaccination.
Positive antibody detection is currently not recognized as proof of "recovered" status. Please refrain from making corresponding inquiries to the public health department.
However, if you can prove a specific positive antibody test in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in embodied or digital form, which took place at a time when you had not yet received a vaccination against COVID-19, a single vaccination dose is subsequently sufficient to be considered vaccinated. In this case, the antibody detection, i.e. the positive laboratory diagnostic result, must have been obtained in a laboratory operating according to the guideline of the German Medical Association for quality assurance of laboratory medical examinations (RiLiBÄK) or accredited according to DIN EN ISO 15189.
In this case, a person is considered "fully vaccinated" from the day of the administered vaccine dose, in deviation from the general regulations. Please note: The regulation is only valid until 30.09.2022, from 1.10.2022 onwards a further vaccination is required to obtain full vaccination protection (Cf. § 22a para. 1 IfSG).
The digital proof of vaccination is created for each vaccination carried out (for first and second vaccinations). The QR code can be scanned e.g. with the CovPass app or the Corona warning app and stored as proof of vaccination.
All persons who are vaccinated in Rhineland-Palatinate via vaccination teams or in vaccination centers are automatically sent a letter per vaccination including a personalized QR code for the digital vaccination card and they do not have to do anything.
In case you have not received a Digital Immunization Certificate or need a replacement, you can have your Digital Immunization Certificate reissued here.
Those who received their vaccination at a doctor's office will also need to contact the doctor's office or a participating pharmacy again for the Digital Proof of Immunization.
It is also possible to request that the certificate for the digital proof of vaccination be sent again by calling the state's Corona hotline at 0800 / 57 58 100 (Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm).
Questions and answers about the digital proof of vaccination can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/faq-covid-19-impfung/faq-digitaler-impfnachweis.html.
Further information about the digital proof of vaccination can also be found at https://digitaler-impfnachweis-app.de/.
Please note that the link to the QR code sent by email is only valid for 72 hours. If this has expired, you can have your Digital Certificate of Vaccination issued again here.
This is only possible if you have been vaccinated in a vaccination center in Rhineland-Palatinate or by a mobile vaccination team in a facility in Rhineland-Palatinate. The delivery of the vaccination certificate can only be automated if you enter your data correctly in the form and it matches the data of your vaccination documentation in the system. If this is not the case, the processing of the request may take a few days.
The following technical problems may occur in connection with the digital vaccination certificate:
- the certificate contains the data documented at the vaccination center. If the data in the documentation is incorrect, it will also appear incorrectly on the vaccination certificate.
- if you cannot read the QR code provided with your smartphone, this is often due to the end device. If necessary, an update from the manufacturer of the corresponding app must first be provided here.
- the QR code will be sent to the person whose mail address has been stored in the data record during online registration.
You can also obtain further information about the digital vaccination record at https://digitaler-impfnachweis-app.de/.
According to the IfSG, the protective vaccination must be documented in the yellow vaccination card or in a vaccination certificate (vaccination documentation). In the Rhineland-Palatinate vaccination centers as well as in the doctors' practices, the standard insert sheet of the Rhineland-Palatinate Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians on your proof of COVID-19 vaccination can be used for this purpose. It has the same documentation significance as an entry in the vaccination card.
Stamps or official seals are not necessary. Documentation that includes the date of vaccination, name and batch name of the vaccine, name of the disease vaccinated against, and the name and address of the person or agency responsible for administering the vaccination is important.
The yellow vaccination card or the insert for it is also recognized in other countries and is also provided in this form in other parts of Germany.
We would also like to draw your attention to the digitally readable COVID-19 vaccination certificate, which is issued to all persons with a personalized QR code and is valid as proof of vaccination EU-wide, both as a paper printout and digitized in the app.
In the Rhineland-Palatinate vaccination centers, the standard insert sheet on your proof of COVID-19 vaccination can be used. It has the same documentary value as an entry in the vaccination card.
We ask that you keep the insert sheet in your immunization record carefully.
If the insert sheet is damaged or lost, you can contact us here. An insert sheet will then be mailed or delivered to you.
Through the Corona hotline of the country it is also possible by phone at 0800 / 57 58 100 (Mon - Fri 8:00 - 18:00) to request a resend of the vaccination certificate.
The issuance of a digital vaccination certificate is also possible for the booster vaccination. All persons who have received their booster vaccination in Rhineland-Palatinate via vaccination teams will be issued the certificate with corresponding QR code after the vaccination and additionally sent by mail or letter. Issuance of the certificate is also possible in pharmacies. The QR code can be scanned e.g. with the CovPass app or the Corona warning app and deposited as digital proof of vaccination.