How, when and where can I get vaccinated?


The large-scale corona vaccinations in Germany have started. We have summarized here who comes first and what is already known about the process.

Who will be vaccinated first?

There is not yet enough vaccine available to vaccinate everyone directly. For this reason, a sequence was set according to the recommendations of the Standing Vaccination Commission. People at high risk of a severe course and people with a high risk of infection for professional reasons should first be given the opportunity to get vaccinated. The majority of the approximately 800,000 nursing home residents nationwide have so far received the second vaccination against the new corona virus, said the Robert Koch Institute. Step by step, vaccination is to be made available to the entire population – initially in special vaccination centers. It is not vaccinated through the family doctor’s office.

When do I get the train?

The vaccination centers are ready for use in all federal states. Appointments are arranged by the federal states. In various federal states, in addition to a hotline, there are also other options for making appointments – for example via a homepage or an app. Up to now, the states of Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Hamburg and Saxony-Anhalt can be selected for online appointment booking on the page. However, this does not automatically mean that appointments can also be made there. The general information hotline can be reached at 116 117, and appointments are sometimes made through this. Further information is available on the websites of the federal states linked below.

Overview of appointments for a corona vaccination in the individual countries:

Baden-Württemberg: Appointments can be made on a central platform or by calling 116 117. From now on, in addition to those already eligible for vaccination, numerous other groups between the ages of 18 and 64 years can register for a vaccination appointment with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Baden-Württemberg. These include people with certain illnesses, people who are close contacts to a pregnant woman or certain people cared for at home.

Bavaria: According to the Bavarian Ministry of Health, appointments are made via the direct telephone number of the respective vaccination center. There is a search function for this on the website of the Bavarian Ministry of Health. Another option is online registration and the nationwide uniform telephone number 116 117.

Berlin: Appointments can only be made after a written invitation by letter. All the necessary information is contained in the letter, according to the website of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. In Berlin no appointments are made via the number 116 117.

Brandenburg: As reported by the state, a call center has been set up to make appointments since January 4th – you can reach it at 116 117. So far, eleven vaccination centers have been opened in Brandenburg where Brandenburgers can get vaccinated against the corona virus.

Bremen: Citizens who are entitled to vaccinate will receive an invitation to make an appointment by post, according to the Bremen administration. The vaccination center should never be visited without an appointment, they say.

Hamburg: Residents and employees in nursing homes as well as employees in outpatient care services and people over 80 are currently eligible for vaccination. Appointments can be made at 116 117 or online here.

Hesse: Since January 12, people over 80 can register for a vaccination appointment in Hesse and since the end of February also people over 70. Appointments can be made by dialing 116 117 or online here.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Vaccinations have been taking place in the relevant centers since the beginning of January, according to the website of the State Office for Health. Whoever is eligible will be informed by post. Anyone who has received the invitation can make an appointment with the vaccination center on 0385 2027 1115. There is no vaccination advice on the hotline.

Lower Saxony: There has been a general vaccination hotline since mid-December: 0800 99 88 665. Registration for appointments at the vaccination center has been possible since January 28, 2021. According to the homepage, people who are 80 years of age or older have received a letter with the necessary information. Registration should be possible by telephone and via an online portal.

North Rhine-Westphalia: The vaccination centers started operations on February 8, 2021, according to the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Health. That was a week later than planned, the reason for the postponement is a delayed delivery of the vaccines. A vaccination in the centers is only possible by appointment, initially for people who are 80 years or older. Appointments started on January 25th – by phone (0800 116 117-01 for the Rhineland and 0800 116 117-02 for Westphalia) and online.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Rhineland-Palatinate started vaccinations on January 7th. Appointments are made either by telephone on 0800/57 58 100 or via the website There you can get the data for the first and second vaccination in a center nearby as well as an information sheet.

[Saarland|]: Two ways of making an appointment are being considered here – via the hotline on 0800 999 1599 and via an online portal.

Saxony: On a website of the Free State it is said that the dates for the vaccination would be given to appropriately prioritized groups of people depending on availability. The allocation takes place via a central hotline (0800 0899 089) or online.

Saxony-Anhalt: The state has been giving appointments for the corona vaccination of individuals since January 11th. The government of Saxony-Anhalt announced that registration is possible by telephone on 116 117 and online.

Schleswig-Holstein: Since December 29th Eligible persons can register for vaccinations in 15 vaccination centers in Schleswig-Holstein for the time being. Due to the limited availability of the vaccine, only a limited number of appointments can be made in the vaccination centers, according to the website. Schleswig-Holstein refers to the number 800 455 6550 and the website A letter with a telephone number and a personal pin code is currently being sent to people over the age of 80 by post. These letters will be sent in different tranches with a slight delay from the end of January, it said. This would enable senior citizens to register for a vaccination appointment by telephone from February 1st without any time pressure.

[Thüringen|]: On January 13, the established centers started vaccinating. Appointments can be made online via the appointment portal or by phone (03643 4950 490). Appointments are only available for people residing in Thuringia.

How does the vaccination work?

On the day of vaccination, patients will be informed about possible risks and side effects by medical staff after registration. The appointment confirmation, the vaccination certificate and medically relevant documents must be brought to the appointment, for example if there are previous illnesses or a special medical indication must be observed.

North Rhine-Westphalia, for example, offers a leaflet for downloading, and other federal states also have similar offers. The vaccination is carried out by medical staff. Patients then have to wait 30 minutes before they can start their journey home. After a few weeks, the second vaccination is due.

(Stand: 27.2.2021)

Further articles on the coronavirus

We have created a news blog. In view of the large amount of information, this provides an overview of the most important current developments.

+ Covid-19: Current figures on the coronavirus in Germany (as of March 5th)
+ Holidays: When is it possible to go abroad again? (As of February 26th)

Test and protection

+ Testing: This is how the new Corona self-tests work (as of February 24th)
+ Protection: The vaccination ordinance: who will be vaccinated first, who will be vaccinated later? (As of March 4th)
+ Vaccination appointment: how can I get vaccinated when and where? (As of 4.3.)
+ Vaccinations: What is known about the side effects of the corona vaccine (as of: 02/26)
+ Astrazeneca vaccine: reports of side effects and acceptance problems – experts disagree (04.03.)
+ Protection: So it is about the development of vaccines against the coronavirus (status: 25.02.)
+ Change of strategy: are rapid tests the breakthrough in fighting pandemics? (As of February 16)
+ Sick people: New findings in the search for drugs (as of January 30)
Treatment: How does an antibody drug work and when does it make sense? (As of February 26th)

Contagion and Transmission

+ Virus variants: how dangerous are the new mutations of the coronavirus? (As of: 02/27)
+ Opponents of infection protection measures: What AfD and lateral thinkers have to do with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany (as of 02/09)
+ Transfer: What role do aerosols play (as of: 22.01.)
+ Excess mortality: how deadly is the coronavirus really? (Status: 05.02.)
+ Travel warning: The current list of risk areas (as of 02.03.)

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