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.
In February 2023, members of the University of Jena will have another opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and/or influenza.
When? Wednesday, 8 February, 11 am to 1 pm
Where? Senate Hall, main university building (Fürstengraben 1, 1st floor)
Simultaneous vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza is possible. It is not necessary to make an appointment, just stop by and bring your health insurance card and vaccination card if you have them. Vaccinations are given to people over the age of 12.
Against influenza, either a tetravalent vaccine (under 60 years) or a high-dose influenza vaccine (60 years and older) is administered. For basic immunisation against COVID-19, the vaccine from BioNTech is available. For booster vaccinations, BioNTech's omicron-adapted BA.4/5 vaccine is used.
Vaccination is not possible in case of acute fever (above 38.5 °C). If you want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, at least six months should have passed since the last vaccination or infection. If this interval is shorter, please consult the doctor first.
If you are unsure whether you should get vaccinated against COVID-19 or influenza, the team on site will be happy to advise you.
1. At a vaccination centre
The central vaccination centre in JenaExternal link is 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.deExternal link (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
In Jena, some GP practices offer regular vaccination hours. In addition, the pharmacy in the Eulenhaus (Schillerstraße 1) offers vaccinations. Further information is available from the city of JenaExternal link.
You can also ask your general practitioner for a vaccination appointment.
3. Via the German online plattform "impfrettung.de"
Doctors and vaccination centres in Thuringia can report leftover vaccine on the online portal impfrettung.deExternal link (German only). Those willing to be vaccinated can register there and book a vaccination appointment.
4. At vaccincation campaigns
Please check the pages of the City of Jena External linkand the State of ThuringiaExternal link (German only) for current dates for special vaccination campaigns.
Vaccination offers as part of the vaccination campaign of the state of Thuringia can be found hereExternal link (German only).
Which vaccine you get usually depends on where you get vaccinated and which vaccine is available there.
The following vaccines are currently authorised for use in the European Union:
Regardless of the vaccine, two vaccinations are necessary for basic immunisation. It is important that you attend the second appointment. Even with the Johnson&Johnson vaccine, two vaccinations are necessary. The Standing Committee on Vaccination (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 Robert Koch InstituteExternal link (German only).
Further information on the vaccines can be obtained from the Paul Ehrlich InstituteExternal link.
Complete vaccination protection
According to the Infektionsschutzgesetz §22a (Protection against Infection Act), persons are considered fully vaccinated if they have received three individual vaccinations (usually basic immunisation and booster vaccination). Complete vaccination protection also exists with two individual vaccinations if the person can prove a positive antibody test (before the first vaccination) or PCR test (before or after the second vaccination).
Further information is available from the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche AufklärungExternal link (Federal Centre for Health Education, German only).
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 hereExternal link (German only).