Corona vaccination for children: Parents must think of these formalities and documents beforehand
Created: 01/17/2022 11:17 am
By: Patrick Kuolt
The demand for corona vaccinations for children between the ages of five and eleven is growing.
© Daniel Reinhardt/dpa
The demand for corona vaccinations for children is increasing in Germany.
Before going to the vaccination center, however, parents have to consider a few things in order not to be turned away.
Munich – The highly contagious omicron variant of the corona virus continues to spread rapidly in Germany.
In its current weekly report, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported that 73 percent of new infections nationwide can be traced back to the corona mutation first discovered in South Africa.
At the same time, the federal government's booster vaccination campaign is in full swing.
72.5 percent of Germans are now fully vaccinated, 45.9 percent have received an additional booster vaccination.
According to a report by the portal zeit.de
, interest in corona vaccinations for children is also
In some federal states, the vaccination rate in the age group between five and eleven years is already over twelve percent.
Corona vaccination in children: parents need to know that now
Since December 2021, children between the ages of five and eleven have been vaccinated in the vaccination centers on the recommendation of the RKI, and the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) made a booster recommendation for young people between the ages of twelve and 17 on Thursday.
However, parents who want to have their children vaccinated against the corona virus must consider a few things.
Anyone who would like to have their child immunized can contact the pediatrician, a vaccination center or a mobile vaccination team.
However, there are exceptions.
Because not every vaccination center in Germany vaccinates children.
It is therefore advisable to check in advance which vaccination sites are suitable.
Corona vaccination for children: This is how it works
Municipal immunization centers usually have separate sites for vaccinating children, where vaccinations are performed by paediatricians.
In general, it makes sense to first contact your own pediatrician directly and clarify all important questions - including whether the vaccination can even be administered directly in the familiar surroundings of the doctor's practice.
Vaccination not without identification document
There are a number of formalities that must be observed when vaccinating children against the Corona virus.
The child will not be vaccinated without a current, valid identification document.
You can see which documents these are here:
Valid identification documents for vaccination:
Not sufficient for vaccination:
Yellow vaccination card
student ID card
health insurance card
Before the vaccination, the legal guardians must also fill out and sign a medical history form and a declaration of consent.
Among other things, this includes information on possible previous illnesses of the child or the intake of medication. The documents can be obtained directly from the pediatrician or in the vaccination center.
It is once again possible to have a personal consultation with the doctor to clear up any concerns.
The employees of the vaccination centers and the paediatricians are particularly interested in three pieces of information on the basis of which they decide whether the child should be vaccinated or not:
How old is the child?
According to the recommendation of the RKI, the vaccination centers have been vaccinating all children between the ages of five and eleven since December 2021 - especially those who suffer from previous illnesses.
Upon individual request and with the consent of the parents, children without previous illnesses can also receive a vaccination dose - preferably from a pediatrician.
The second vaccination is also given there after at least three months.
Children under the age of five are generally not vaccinated.
Are there previous illnesses?
If this question is answered with "yes", vaccination will take place - regardless of whether the children have already had Covid 19 disease or not.
Possible previous illnesses are: obesity, asthma, high blood pressure, chronic lung diseases, diabetes, trisomy 21 or tumor diseases.
Has the child already recovered from an infection with the coronavirus?
If that is the case, there is a clear regulation.
Children with previous illnesses are still vaccinated, according to the recommendation of the RKI, children without previous illnesses should “generally not be vaccinated for the time being.” Anyone who still insists on having their child vaccinated must contact their pediatrician and discuss the case individually.
Children and adolescents only receive the vaccine from Biontech/Pfizer
A vaccine with a lower concentration is planned for five to eleven year olds.
© Matthias Bein/dpa
Children between the ages of five and eleven receive ten micrograms of the active substance Comirnaty from Biontech/Pfizer.
The cap color of the ampoule in this case is orange.
The following applies to children and adolescents from the age of twelve: The vaccine dose contains 30 micrograms of the active ingredient, the cap of the ampoule is purple.
First, second or convalescent vaccinations are possible in the vaccination center.
A period of three months also applies to this age group for the convalescence or second vaccination.
Parents should therefore wait at least 90 days after their child has been vaccinated for the first time or has recovered from an infection to request a vaccination appointment
make an effort.