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Vaccination against Corona/Covid-19

Who should get vaccinated against Covid-19 in autumn 2023? 

We are now offering it COVID-19 vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer (monovalent mRNA vaccine) adapted to the Omicron variant XBB.1.5 in all of our practices.

Stiko recommends a booster vaccination for the following groups:

  • Basic immunity with 3 antigen contacts is recommended for people aged 18 and over.
  • A further refresher is recommended annually for risk groups. Distance: 12 months to the last antigen contact (vaccination or infection). Risk groups: >60 years, residents in nursing facilities, patients with certain previous illnesses

Parallel vaccinations are possible with a vaccination against influenza and pneumococci.
No COVID-19 vaccination is currently recommended for healthy infants and children under 18 years of age.

Why should I get vaccinated against Covid-19?

Effective and safe vaccinations can help limit the spread of Corona. Vaccination creates crucial protection, population immunity, and thus greatly reduces the risk of serious COVID-19 illnesses.

How is a vaccination carried out?

The vaccination is carried out exclusively in the upper arm muscle. A very fine injection cannula is used for this. If you are taking blood-thinning medications, the injection site will be compressed for at least 2 minutes after vaccination. Allergies are also asked about during vaccination information. If you have an allergy card, please bring it with you to the vaccination.
If possible, you should not receive any other vaccination for 14 days before the start or after the end of the vaccination series. Emergency vaccinations are excluded from this.
After the vaccination, a follow-up period of at least 15 minutes is recommended.


Here you can find a lot more information from STIKO.

How exactly do the individual corona vaccines work?

This is how BioNTech's mRNA vaccines work/ Pfizer and Moderna:

BioNTech and Moderna's vaccines are among the newer mRNA vaccines that are produced using genetic engineering. mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) is the “blueprint” for every single protein in the human body. mRNA vaccines against Corona contain the “blueprint” for only part of the virus: the spike protein on the outer shell. This protein is not infectious, so it does not transmit the disease.

The mRNA contained in the vaccine breaks down your body in a few days, so it does not get into the human genetic material, the DNA. The muscle cells around the vaccination site multiply the spike protein. Your immune system recognizes them as foreign bodies, activates defense cells and forms antibodies and defense cells against the spike protein of the coronavirus. If you become infected with the coronavirus, your body will recognize the spike protein and fight it.


What are the risks? Vaccination?

Most commonly, the stimulation of your body's immune system can cause redness or swelling at the injection site, which can also be painful.
It can also happen that your body reacts with general reactions such as fatigue, headache, muscle and joint pain or chills/fever. However, these symptoms subside a few days after the vaccination. We would be happy to advise you in one of our Avi Medical practices about possible vaccination reactions and side effects and how you should best behave if they occur.

You can find further information in advance about the side effects of each individual Vaccines here:

Information leaflet from STIKO on the COVID-19 vaccination with mRNA vaccine

Information leaflet on the COVID-19 vaccination with vector vaccine< /p>