Vaccination

Vaccination

Following on from the success of our vaccination drive last December, we would like to start the new year with another

pop-up vaccination clinic for you and all your relatives on Monday, 17 January (registration necessary).

We have been able to arrange a total of 1000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer/Biontech at short notice, as well as the same amount from Moderna. You can choose which vaccine you would prefer.

The vaccination clinic will once again be set up in the Senatssaal in the Schloss in Erlangen. In order to keep waiting times short, we will arrange vaccination groups in StudOn every 15 minutes, like last time. Please be sure and register beforehand.

You must bring the following documents to your booked vaccination appointment:

Please register here: https://www.studon.fau.de/crs3971537.html

Since only FAU members can register for the vaccination in StudOn, the registration options have been expanded: we have up to 6 vaccinations available for each registered FAU member, so that sufficient vaccination capacity is also available for relatives and friends on the registered date.

You can only get a booster vaccination if at least three months have passed since your last Covid vaccination.

If you are uncertain about the vaccination and would like further advice, please contact Dr. Hannes Strebl, FAU Occupational Medical Service (hannes.strebl@fau.de)

 

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.
  • Dr. Weghorn, a doctor in Hirschaid, offers vaccinations for FAU staff and students.Address: Dr. med. Christian Weghorn, Pickelstraße 9, 96114 Hirschaid (accessible by train).
    Vaccination times: Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri. from 8 am to 12 pm. You do not need to register in advance.
    Vaccine: Moderna
    Please bring: vaccination booklet and health insurance card, information sheet and medical history and printed and completed RKI consent form for COVID-19 vaccination.
    Booster vaccination is only possible from 5 months after the last COVID-19 vaccination. It does not matter which vaccine was given for your previous COVID-19 vaccination.

2. Vaccination at the Erlangen vaccination centre

It is also quite straightforward for students who do not (yet) live in the Erlangen/Erlangen-Höchstadt district to organise a vaccination at short notice.

  • After registering
    If you register at the Bavarian vaccination portal impfzentren.bayern you will be offered a vaccination within a short period of time.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 days)
    The vaccination centre also offers regular ‘walk-in days’ where anyone can drop in at the centre and get a vaccination without registering first. All you need is proof of your identity.Vaccinations without prior appointment at vaccination centre ER/ERH (Sedanstr. 1, 91052 Erlangen)

If you have any questions about registering or booking an appointment, please contact the vaccination centre hotline: + 49 9131 86 6500

As it stands at present, the vaccination centre in Erlangen will remain open until 2022.

Individuals who have received a vaccine that is not approved in Germany will not be considered as fully vaccinated. However, the vaccination centre offers these individuals an additional two vaccinations with an mRNA vaccine, after which they will be considered 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.

4. Questions about vaccination

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unfortunately, the rules for non-vaccinated individuals cannot be differentiated in light of whether someone has chosen not to be vaccinated or is unable to be vaccinated due to an underlying medical condition.

If you are uncertain about the vaccination and would like further advice, please contact Dr. Hannes Strebl, FAU Occupational Medical Service (hannes.strebl@fau.de).

There can be no exceptions to the 2G rule. Anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated (2 vaccinations plus a 2 week waiting period) must attend or teach classes online.

Dr Strebl from the FAU Occupational Medical Service

When weighing up the risks and benefits of receiving a Covid-19 vaccination, there are only very few medical reasons against getting vaccinated, and these are generally against a certain vaccine, not vaccinations in general. We would urge you to consider that everyone will come into contact with coronavirus sooner or later over the coming months and years (depending on the number of contacts and protective measures taken), and that this will unavoidably trigger an immunological reaction in your body. The fact that the virus reproduces within the body means that you can expect an immune reaction of at least the same severity as after a vaccination. Whatever side effects you may fear as a result of the vaccine, there is a greater likelihood of you experiencing them more severely as the result of an infection. If, on the other hand, you are confident that your immune system will cope well in the event of an infection with coronavirus, then you can be all the more confident that a vaccination will cause an adequate immune reaction without any serious side effects. A vaccination allows you to ‘train’ your immune system and make it fit to fight off what has until now been a largely unknown virus.

Occupational Safety at FAU has published a recommendation in view of the current situation.

FAQs on 2G rule

Other FAQs answer questions such as ‘Did FAU decide to introduce the 2G rule on its own?’, ‘What legal basis is there for the decision?’ or ‘Which rules apply to people who do not meet the 2G criteria?’.

FAQ 2G rule