This page tells you where, when and how to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Berlin. It is updated when there is new information. If you live in another German state, the rules are different.

When will I get the vaccine?

Since June 2, anyone can get vaccinated. You do not need an invitation.

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How much does the vaccine cost?

The vaccine is free for all German residents1. Your health insurance pays for it1. Both private and public health insurance cover for the coronavirus vaccine1.

Where can I get vaccinated?

You can get vaccinated at a vaccination centre, at the doctor, and at work. There are also vaccination drives in different neighbourhoods every weekend.

At the vaccination centre

You can get vaccinated at a vaccination centre (Impfzentrum). You don't need an invitation1. In some vaccination centres, you don't need an appointment1.

There are 6 vaccination centres in Berlin:

You can get vaccinated without an appointment at the Tegel, Messe Berlin and Erika-Hess-Eisstadion vaccination centres. You must go from Monday to Friday, between 14:00 and 17:00. Your registered address must be in Berlin1. If they have vaccines left, you will get vaccinated. You can see if they have vaccines left on this page.

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At the doctor

You can also get the vaccine from a doctor. Many general practitioners (Hausarzt) vaccinate people. Other kinds of doctors (surgeons, gynaecologists, etc.) also vaccinate people. You don't need an invitation. You usually need an appointment, but some doctors vaccinate people without appointments.

To find a vaccine appointment, you must contact doctors one by one. There is no central appointment service. Each doctor has different rules on their website. Sometimes they have a booking system. Sometimes you must call or email them.

It's easy to get a vaccine appointment. There are more vaccine doses, and many people are already vaccinated. You can easily find a doctor with the vaccine you want.

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At work

Since June 7, company doctors (Betriebsärzte) can also vaccinate employees1, 2. Company doctors can offer any type of vaccine.

In your neighbourhood

The city organises neighbourhood vaccination drives (Schwerpunktimpfung) every weekend. People who live in selected neighbourhoods can get vaccinated without an appointment. If you live in that neighbourhood, you will get a notification in your mailbox. I also announce those events on the coronavirus news page.

During the vaccine appointment

At the vaccination centre

Arrive at the vaccination centre 5 minutes before your appointment. Bring these documents1:

  • Your personal ID (your passport or residence permit)
  • Invitation letter, or proof of eligibility (Impfberechtig) for the vaccine
  • The filled medical history questionnaire (Anamnesebogen)
  • The signed consent form (Einverständniserklärung)
  • Your vaccination pass (Impfpass or Impfausweis)
    This is a small yellow book that lists all the vaccines you received in your life. You can get one for free from your doctor, or from the Gesundheitsamt1, 2. Some doctors do not have them. You can also buy it online. When you get the vaccine, they add it to your vaccination pass. If you don't have your vaccination pass, they will give you a small receipt instead. You can come back later with your Impfausweis, and they will put stickers in it.

At the vaccination centre, they should speak English, French, Turkish and German1. The appointment lasts 60 to 90 minutes1. After the vaccination, they will update your vaccination pass (Impfausweis).

You do not need to book a second appointment for your second dose. It is booked automatically with the first one1.

At the doctor

Before you get vaccinated, the doctor will explain how the vaccine works: the process, the risks, the side effects. You can ask questions. The doctor visit takes around 60 minutes, waiting included. During your visit, you should already get an appointment for your second dose.

To get vaccinated at the doctor, you must bring1...

  • The medical history and consent form (Anamnese und Impfeinwilligungserklärung)
    Print and fill the form before you go to the doctor. You can download it from the Robert Koch Institut website. The form is available in 22 languages. Select the correct form for your vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca).
  • Your vaccination pass (Impfpass or Impfausweis)
    This is a small yellow book that lists all the vaccines you received. You can get one for free from your doctor, or from the Gesundheitsamt1, 2. Some doctors do not have them. You can also buy it online or at any Apotheke1. When you get the vaccine, they add it to your vaccination pass. If you don't have your vaccination pass, they will give you a small receipt instead.
  • Your health insurance card

After the vaccine

Digital vaccination pass

After you get the vaccine, you get a vaccination certificate. It's a paper with a QR code on it. If you didn't get a certificate for your first dose, you will get two papers: one for each dose. This vaccination certificate is valid in the entire European Union.

You can scan the QR code with the CovPass app. This puts the vaccination certificate on your phone. You can use the app to prove that you are vaccinated.

If you have a yellow vaccination pass (Impfausweis), they will put a sticker in it. If you didn't have an Impfausweis for your first dose, they will put two stickers in it. If you don't have an Impfausweis, they will put the stickers on a small receipt. You can come back later with your Impfausweis, and they will put stickers in it.

Side effects

After you get the vaccine, you must wait 15 to 30 minutes before you leave, in case you don't feel well1. The vaccines can have side effects. The doctor will explain the side effects of the virus to you. You can also read the information sheet from the Robert Koch Institut.

Some common side effects can last a day or two, so you should plan a sick day. If you have serious side effects, call 112.

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Second dose

A few weeks after your first dose, you must get a second dose (except for the Johnson & Jonhson vaccine). The recommended wait time is different for each vaccine1, and it sometimes changes. When you get the first dose, you will get an appointment for the second dose.

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