A new Corona vaccination campaign has started in Germany. The Standing Commission on Vaccination (Stiko) recommends that all people over 60 years of age or with an underlying disease receive a second booster vaccination against Covid-19. The Stiko has drawn up special recommendations for refugees—for example from Ukraine—who were immunized in their home countries with vaccines that are not licensed in the European Union. This concerns the vaccines CoronaVac (Sinovac), Covilo (Sinopharm), Covaxin (Bharat Biotech International) and Sputnik V (Gamaleja).
Those who have been immunized at least twice with one of these vaccines should be vaccinated at least once more with one of the mRNA vaccines from Biontech or Moderna, according to the Stiko recommendation. The recommendation is to wait at least six months after the last vaccination or corona disease. For those who received only one vaccination abroad, the Stiko recommends a new series of vaccinations with an mRNA vaccine or the protein-based vaccine Nuvaxovid (Novavax). The booster vaccination should then be given with an mRNA vaccine from Biontech or Moderna. For all those who have been treated with a vaccine not listed, the Stiko advises a new basic immunization plus one or two booster shots.
Those older than 60 or older than 5 years with serious underlying diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular disease should have at least one additional vaccination after basic immunization and “booster”, according to the Stiko. This also applies to employees in nursing or medical professions. Here, too, the last vaccination should be at least six months ago.
Vaccinations against Corona are free of charge. You can get vaccinated in doctors’ offices, vaccination centers or some pharmacies. At present, no special proof of vaccination is required for entry from Ukraine.
Further information is provided by the Federal Ministry of Health on the following page:
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