Effective immediately, we are offering the COVID-19 vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer (monovalent mRNA vaccine) adapted to the Omikron variant XBB.1.5 in all our practices.
Stiko recommends booster vaccination for the following groups:
Parallel vaccinations are possible with vaccination against influenza and pneumococcus.
Healthy infants and children under 18 years of age are currently not recommended for COVID-19 vaccination.
Effective and safe vaccination can help limit the spread of Corona. Vaccination builds critical protection, population immunity, and thus greatly reduces the risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
The injections are made exclusively into the upper arm muscle. A very fine injection needle is used for this. If you are taking blood-thinning medication, the injection site will be compressed for at least 2 minutes after the vaccination. Allergies will also be asked about during immunization education. 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.
Here you can find a lot more information from the STIKO.
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 breaks down 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 recognises it as a foreign body, activates defence cells and produces antibodies and defence cells against the coronavirus spike protein. Should you become infected with the coronavirus, your body recognises the spike protein again and fights it.
Most commonly, the stimulation of your body's defences may cause redness or swelling at the injection site, which may also hurt.
Your body may also react 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 in one of our Avi Medical practices about possible vaccination reactions and side effects and how best to behave if they occur.
In advance, 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