Everything you need to know about booster vaccinations

FAQ on booster vaccination Everything you need to know about booster vaccinations

It is important for as many people as possible to obtain optimum protection from the coronavirus. Why does it make sense to get a booster vaccination? Who is it recommended for? Where can I get the booster vaccination? Questions and answers at a glance.

Vaccination certificate with a coronavirus vaccination entry

The booster vaccination enhances the immune system – it can significantly increase vaccination protection against the coronavirus.

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Why is a booster vaccination important?openMinimise

When does a vaccination require a booster?openMinimise

Who can get a booster vaccination now?openMinimise

When does protection start after a booster vaccination?openMinimise

Which vaccines are used for the booster vaccination?openMinimise

Are the vaccines that are used for booster vaccination (mRNA vaccines) adapted to the new virus variants?openMinimise

Where can I get a booster vaccination?openMinimise

Who should get a second booster?openMinimise

  • Those particularly at risk – such as people who live in or receive care in nursing homes, as well as all those aged over 70 and people with immunodeficiency – should receive a second booster no sooner than three months after the first booster.
  • In addition, health workers – especially if they have direct contact with vulnerable people entrusted to their care – are also recommended to obtain a second booster, no sooner than six months after the first booster.

What applies to fully vaccinated people who have received a series with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson?openMinimise


Is the booster vaccination free of charge?openMinimise

For all the main questions and answers on coronavirus vaccinations, see the other FAQ.