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As general practitioners, we are here for you during this difficult time. We test, vaccinate and look after your long-term health in relation to Corona.

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Corona (COVID-19)

Vaccination against COVID

Vaccination against COVID

Corona vaccination

Due to the new STIKO guidelines, we will automatically use mRNA vaccines as a second vaccination after first vaccinations with AstraZeneca. You do not need to contact us about this. Unfortunately, we are unable to reschedule for logistical reasons. Please keep the scheduled vaccination date and only contact us if you wish to cancel your appointment.
Please note that we only vaccinate children over the age of 16. Join the waiting list now

COVID vaccinations have now arrived in our Avi Medical practices. Find out what you should know about the Corona vaccination in Avi Medical practices and where you can get more up-to-date scientific information.  

Why should I get vaccinated?

Effective and safe vaccination can help limit the spread of COVID and therefore also ease contact restrictions. First, however, a large part of the population must have developed immunity to the virus. Vaccinations build crucial protection, population immunity, and thus greatly reduces the risk of severe COVID-19 disease.

How is vaccination carried out?

The injections are conducted exclusively in your upper arm muscle. A very fine injection needle is used. If you are taking medication that thins your blood, the injection site will be compressed for at least 2 minutes after the vaccination. Before your vaccination, you will also be asked about allergies. If you have an allergy passport, please bring it with you to the vaccination.
You should - if possible - not receive any other vaccination 14 days before the start and 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.

What is the vaccination schedule for the Corona vaccine?

For a complete immunisation with the mRNA vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna and the vector-based vaccine from AstraZeneca, you need two vaccine doses. A second vaccine dose must be administered - depending on the manufacturer - at a certain interval to complete the vaccination series.

The Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends the following vaccination interval:

- mRNA vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer (Comirnaty®) and Moderna: 6 weeks
- vector-based vaccine from AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria®): 12 weeks

With the vector-based vaccine from Johnson&Johnson (Janssen®), a single vaccination is sufficient.

If the recommended maximum interval between your 1st and 2nd vaccine doses has been exceeded, your vaccination series can still be continued and does not have to be restarted. A vaccination series that has been started must be completed with the same product.

An exception are persons under 60 years of age who have already received a vaccination with Vaxzevria® from AstraZeneca. Here, the STIKO currently recommends that the 2nd vaccination be carried out 12 weeks after the 1st vaccination with an mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty® from BioNTech/Pfizer or COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna®).
If a SARS-CoV-2 infection is detected in your laboratory after the first vaccine dose (positive PCR test), you can receive the second vaccine dose at the earliest 6 months after you have recovered or after an appropriate diagnosis has been made.

Good to know: The STIKO continuously reviews all the vaccines we use and those that are about to be approved. We closely follow the new vaccination recommendations and inform you accordingly.

What protection does the vaccination against Corona offer?

Four vaccines from different manufacturers against the coronavirus are currently licensed in the European Union: mRNA vaccines from the companies BioNTech and Moderna and vector vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson.

Protective effect of the mRNA vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna.

The probability of contracting COVID-19 after an infection is reduced by around 95 percent if you are vaccinated. It is still unclear when exactly this protection begins. The first vaccination only offers partial protection. Studies have shown that full protection is available 7 days (BioNTech) or 14 days (Moderna) after the second vaccination. If you fall ill despite the vaccination, the course of the disease is less severe.

Protective effect of the vector-based vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson.

The probability of contracting COVID-19 was up to 80 % (Vaxzevria®) and about 65 % (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen®) lower in those vaccinated against COVID-19 than in those not vaccinated. The effectiveness in preventing severe COVID-19 disease (i.e. hospitalisation, for example) was even higher: about 95% for Vaxzevria® and about 100% for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen®.

This means that if you are vaccinated with this Corona vaccine and come into contact with the pathogen, you will most likely not fall ill.

Here you can find a lot more information from the STIKO.

How exactly do the individual Corona vaccines work?

This is how the mRNA vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna work.

The vaccines from BioNTech and Moderna belong to the newer mRNA vaccines that are genetically engineered. mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) is the "blueprint" for every single protein in the human body. mRNA vaccines against Corona contain the "blueprint" for only one 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 is broken down by your body in a few days, so it does not get into the human genome, the DNA. The muscle cells around the vaccination site multiply the spike protein. Your immune system recognizes it as a foreign body, activates defense cells, and creates antibodies and defense cells against the coronavirus spike protein. Should you become infected with the coronavirus, your body recognizes the spike protein again and fights it.

This is how the vector-based vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson work .

Vector vaccines such as those from AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson are based on a different principle than mRNA vaccines, but also rely on genetic engineering. Vector vaccines against other diseases have already been approved. The vaccines consist of so-called vector viruses. The vector virus in question is a well-studied virus that cannot reproduce in your body. They are not live vaccines. The vector virus contains and carries the genetic information for a single protein of the coronavirus, called the spike protein. The COVID-19 vector vaccines do not contain any vaccine viruses that can reproduce, i.e. vaccinated people cannot transmit vaccine viruses to other people.

The information transported by the vector virus is not incorporated into the human genome after vaccination, but is "read" after entry into the cells (especially in muscle cells at the vaccination site and in certain defence cells), whereupon these cells then produce the spike protein themselves. The spike protein cannot by itself cause SARS-CoV-2 infection. The spike proteins thus produced by the body of the vaccinated person are recognised by the immune system as foreign proteins; as a result, antibodies and defence cells are produced against the spike protein of the virus. The spike protein triggers the same process as in the mRNA vaccines and thus leads to vaccination protection.

The transport substance, the vector virus, cannot multiply in your body and is degraded in a short time. Then no more virus protein (spike protein) is produced.

Who should get vaccinated?

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are generally recommended by the STIKO from the age of 16 (Comirnaty® from BioNTech/Pfizer) or 18 (Moderna®, Vaxzevria®, Janssen®). In our practices, we currently vaccinate with the vaccines from BionTech/Pfizer. AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson. For children and adolescents under 16 years of age, there is no approved vaccine yet.

In Bavaria, general practitioners and specialists have been allowed to vaccinate against the coronavirus since 20 May, regardless of the vaccination order (prioritisation) . Nevertheless, it may take some time before everyone gets their turn, as the demand for vaccine is currently still significantly higher than the supply quantities.

Based on the current data situation, STIKO recommends vaccination with the vector-based AstraZeneca vaccine as a rule only for people aged 60 years and older, since in this age group the risk-benefit analysis is still clearly in favour of vaccination due to the increasing lethality of COVID-19 disease. However, the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine below this age limit remains possible at the physician's discretion and with individual risk acceptance after careful explanation.

Here you can find the latest STIKO press release on AstraZeneca.

What are the risks of vaccination?

Most commonly, the stimulation of your body's defenses may cause redness or swelling at the injection site, which may also hurt.
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 will subside a few days after the vaccination. We will be happy to advise you at 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 more information about the side effects of the individual vaccines here:

STIKOinformation leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination with mRNA vaccine

Fact sheet for COVID-19 vaccination with vector vaccine

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