Effectiveness of vaccination during medication use
It is fine to be vaccinated while taking most medication. In some cases, extra attention is needed. This applies to anticoagulants (blood thinners), medicines that affect your immune system, and monoclonal antibodies:
- If you are being treated with anticoagulant medication, you can usually be vaccinated as planned. Sometimes consultation with the anticoagulant clinic (Trombosedienst) is required to determine the appropriate time of vaccination and the injection site for your jab. Therefore, when making the appointment, please specify which anticoagulants you are taking, if any.
- If you are being treated with medication that affects your immune system, you can be vaccinated. However, these medications may make the vaccination less effective. Read more about people with impaired immunity.
- If you have been treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies, you can be vaccinated from two to three months after treatment. These antibodies are likely to be present in your body for the first few months. They can have a negative impact on the immune response from the vaccination. For that reason, it is better to postpone vaccination for now.
If you are ill and have an appointment to be vaccinated
If you have symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 (cold symptoms, elevated temperature/fever, shortness of breath, coughing, loss of taste and smell), you cannot come to the vaccination appointment. Stay home, use a self-test and follow the basic rules.
- If the test shows that you do not have COVID-19, you can be vaccinated once you no longer have a fever.
- If the test shows that you have COVID-19, you must stay in home isolation; you can be vaccinated later once you have recovered. You can be vaccinated three months after a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Make a new appointment for the vaccination.
If you become ill after vaccination
If you experience mild symptoms such as fatigue, headache or elevated temperature within one or two days of vaccination, this could be a side-effect of the vaccination. The side-effects will pass within a few days.
In addition to these mild symptoms, do you also have other symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 (such as cold symptoms, coughing, shortness of breath, or loss of smell or taste)? Or have you had contact with someone who has COVID-19? Get tested. Stay home and follow the basic rules until you get the test results.
Vaccination and hospital admission or surgery
You can be vaccinated from 4 weeks after you became ill. You can be vaccinated up to 2 days before surgery. This is to prevent you from having side-effects that would prevent your surgery from taking place.
After surgery, even with anaesthesia, you can be vaccinated as planned; it is not necessary to wait several days after surgery before the vaccination can be given.