Currently, there are several options to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, regardless of where you are registered. As a foreign student, a vaccination in Germany is only possible with German health insurance.
- 1. At a vaccination centre
The central vaccination centre in Jena is located in the Volksbad. From 30 April 2022, it will then be located at Grietgasse 6 (1st floor). There are also vaccination centres in other towns
You can select other vaccination centres and book your appointment via the portal impfen-thueringen.de (German only) – for both the first and second vaccination as well as for the booster vaccination. If it is the first vaccination, you will automatically receive an appointment for the second vaccination.
You can book an appointment by phone using the following number: +49 3643 - 49 50 49 0 (Mon, Tue, Thu: 8 am to 5 pm; Wed, Fri: 8 am to 12 pm).
- 2. At GP practices
You can ask your general practitioner for a vaccination appointment.
Some practices in Jena also offer vaccination without an appointment. Which practices are involved and at which times vaccinations are given without an appointment can be found here.
- 3. Via the German online plattform "impfrettung.de"
Since mid-July, doctors and vaccination centres in Thuringia can report leftover vaccine on the new internet portal impfrettung.de (German only). Those willing to be vaccinated can register there and book a vaccination appointment on the same day.
- 4. At vaccincation campaigns
The city of Jena as well as the state of Thuringia regularly organise special campaigns on Corona vaccination as well. Please check the pages of the City of Jena, JenaKultur and the State of Thuringia (German only) for current dates.
Vaccination offers as part of the vaccination campaign of the state of Thuringia can be found here (German only).
Which vaccine you get usually depends on where you get vaccinated and which vaccine is available there.
Regardless of the vaccine, two vaccinations are necessary for full protection. It is important that you attend the second appointment. According to the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO), only the BioNTech vaccine is currently recommended for people under 30 years of age.
Even with the Johnson&Johnson vaccine, two vaccinations are necessary in order to be considered fully vaccinated within the meaning of the COVID-19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance (SchAusnahmV) and the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV). The STIKO recommends an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or BioNTech) for this purpose, as the heterologous vaccination scheme is superior to the homologous vaccination scheme. Further information is available from the Paul Ehrlich Institute and the Robert Koch Institute (German only).
Further information on the vaccines can be obtained from the Paul Ehrlich Institute.
It is reassuring to know that by vaccinating, I am not only protecting myself, but also others, especially my family and those closest to me. Protect yourself and everyone you care about!
Marcel J. Paul is studying teaching German, History and Latin.
I would be really happy if we could all meet again next semester, because I miss the warmth of the people. For that, we all need to get vaccinated to protect our own and each other's health. The vaccinations are finally here - now it's our turn!
Gabriala Miranda is studying for a Master's degree in Latin Cultures in the Modern World.
Getting vaccinated protects my family, friends and acquaintances. It is an act of solidarity with those who cannot be vaccinated or for whom no vaccine is available. With vaccination, we can return to a life that is not completely dominated by Corona. That is why I am happy if as many people as possible get vaccinated.
Kevin Liu is a Master's student in Psychology at the University of Jena
When I started my studies, I was so looking forward to this student life that everyone talks about: Meeting new people and trying new things every day, sleeping little, partying a lot. But this can only be done together if we are all vaccinated and thus protect each other.
Marie Schkonda is a bachelor's student in Earth Sciences at the University of Jena.
I got vaccinated because it shows solidarity and is therefore humane. And, because it's just cool.
Rrivu Banerjee completed his Master's degree at the University of Jena in March 2021 and is now a teaching assistant at the Institute for German as a Foreign and Second Language and Intercultural Studies
You are not in Jena?
Then it's best to find out about your vaccination options locally. Every federal state in Germany now offers flexible vaccination appointments in vaccination centres or GP practices.
Further information about vaccination appointments in the federal states of Germany can be found here (German only).