Currently, there are several different options for receiving a Covid-19 vaccination. This list will be updated regularly.
1. Vaccination by your general practitioner/decentralised vaccination centres
- This link contains a list of doctor’s practices in Erlangen which offer vaccinations to students. Please contact the practices directly for more information.
- The City of Nuremberg website has information about the different options for receiving a vaccination (such as the ‘Impfbus’ mobile vaccination unit decentralised vaccination centres)
- You don’t currently need an appointment for receiving the vaccination at the vaccination centre run by the City of Fürth. There are also special vaccination drives held in other locations at short notice.
2. Vaccination at the Erlangen vaccination centre
It is also quite straightforward for all students who do not (yet) live in the Erlangen/Erlangen-Höchstadt district to organise a vaccination at short notice. The vaccination centre for Erlangen/Erlangen-Höchstadt is located in the city centre at Sedanstrasse 1 and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Anyone who registers on the impfzentren.bayern Bavarian vaccination portal will immediately be offered an appointment for vaccination. You can register even if you do not have a home address in Erlangen. When you register, just use either the University’s address (Schlossplatz 4, 91054 Erlangen), the address of your student accommodation, or the vaccination centre’s address (Sedanstraße 1, 91052 Erlangen).
Without registering (walk-in)
As long as there is a demand, the vaccination centre will continue to carry out vaccinations without appointments. In addition, the vaccination centre regularly organises walk-in vaccination drives in the Erlangen Arcaden shopping centre or in other locations in the city and surrounding district where you can receive the vaccine without prior registration. All you need is proof of your identity. Appointments are available here: Vaccinations without prior appointment at vaccination centre ER/ERH
Children’s vaccination centre
A children’s vaccination centre was set up in Erlangen in December 2021. It is located in the same building as the main vaccination centre. The children’s vaccination centre is open to children aged 5 to 11 only. Appointments for this age group must be made via the hotline on +49 9131 86 6500.
If you have any questions about registering or booking an appointment, please contact the vaccination centre hotline: + 49 9131 86 6500
Individuals who have received a vaccine that is not approved in the European Union are not considered as fully vaccinated in Germany. However, the vaccination centre offers these individuals an additional two vaccinations with an mRNA vaccine, after which they will be considered as fully vaccinated. In addition, individuals who have received a vaccination with a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine now require a further dose to retain their status as fully vaccinated.
3. Vaccinations in Nuremberg
Information on vaccinations in Nuremberg and general information on vaccinations is available on the city portal of the City of Nuremberg website: https://www.nuernberg.de/internet/stadtportal/corona_impfung.html#128
Prof. Christian Bogdan, Director of the Institute of Microbiology – Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, holder of the Chair of Microbiology and Immunology of Infection, member of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) and member of the FAU crisis team has given his assessment on the following questions.
I am unsure whether to get vaccinated or not – where can I get further information?
If you have medical-related questions on the topic of the Covid-19 vaccination (not administrative or legal questions), please feel free to contact our Occupational Medical Service in confidence. Dr. Hannes Strebl is available either by phone (+49 9131 85 22305) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached.
What sense is there in introducing the 2G rule if vaccinated individuals are also able to carry and transmit the virus, at least temporarily?
The main reason behind the 2G rule is to prevent non-vaccinated people from contracting coronavirus and thereby to protect them from developing a severe form of the disease and the possible consequences this may entail. In the hospitals, the vast majority of patients being treated for Covid are either not vaccinated or, if they have been vaccinated, the level of protection afforded by their vaccine has been compromised either due to their advanced age or as a result of immunosuppressive therapy.
Is it true that if I have been vaccinated, I don’t need a mask anymore?
No, this is certainly not true: Hygiene – including meticulous hand hygiene and physical distancing, as well as the obligation to wear a mask – remains vitally important, as even those who are vaccinated can still carry and transmit the virus to others. In other words: By wearing a mask, vaccinated individuals do not only protect themselves, they also protect every one else close to them, especially those who have not been vaccinated.
Why should I bother getting a vaccine if those who are vaccinated can still get infected with SARS-CoV-2 anyway?
Because the vaccine has been proven to protect virtually everyone from severe illness or even death as the result of an infection with SARS-CoV-2. What that means is that although someone who is vaccinated may carry the virus temporarily in their upper respiratory tract, the vaccine prevents a ‘systemic spread’ of the virus throughout the body. In addition, an asymptomatic vaccinated individual sheds the virus over a much shorter time period than someone who has not been vaccinated.
But there have been many reports of breakthrough infections. What exactly is a breakthrough infection?
A breakthrough infection is when someone who is fully vaccinated actually becomes ill and develops real symptoms such as a sore throat or a temperature.
How can a breakthrough infection be possible?
There are a number of possible reasons. One reason is that no vaccine (whether for Covid or for other illnesses) provides 100% protection.
Some people fail to develop an immune response to a vaccine (known as primary vaccine failure). These people may then fall ill in spite of having received a vaccine.
Then there are other people with underlying medical conditions who only develop an insufficient immune response to vaccines. This may include people who have a suppressed immune system as a result of taking certain medication, for example after an organ transplant or as the result of an autoimmune disease. People with a suppressed immune system not only develop significantly less immunity after a vaccination, they are also at risk of developing a severe case of SARS-CoV-2.
That apart, the protection afforded by a vaccine also tends to wane after a certain period of time, as is the case with many other vaccines as well, and may lead to what is known as secondary vaccine failure. This is the reason why the Standing Committee on Vaccination has recommended a booster vaccination after 6 months for all vulnerable individuals (e.g. the elderly > the age of 70 or patients with a suppressed immune system) and for all people who have a particularly high risk of exposure and/or are in contact with patients or other individuals at a higher risk (e.g. medical staff, care home workers). The recommendations were issued on 24 September and 7 October 2021 respectively. The STIKO will soon recommend a booster vaccination for everyone 18 years of age.