Most medication does not affect the COVID-19 vaccination.  If a doctor prescribes medication for you after the vaccination, inform the doctor that you were vaccinated against COVID-19. The doctor can then take this into account if necessary.

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. It is not yet known how much less effective it will be. However, since there are many people who have COVID-19 right now, even partial protection is still important. For that reason, we advise everyone who has a reduced immune response to get vaccinated. Stay cautious after getting vaccinated, and keep following all the recommendations and measures to avoid infection.
  • 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 and get tested. Remain at home and follow the protection rules until you get the test results.

  • 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 from eight weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

Make a new appointment for the vaccination.

Your appointment for the second vaccination could not take place

If your vaccination appointment could not take place, for example because you were ill, you do not have to start the vaccination series again. In that case, you will get the second vaccination later.

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 protection rules until you get the test results.

Heart attack and vaccination

If you have had a heart attack, you can still get vaccinated.

ICU admission and vaccination

You can be vaccinated from 4 weeks after you became ill.

Surgery and vaccination

Are you going to have surgery in the near future, and will you have to go under anaesthesia for the procedure? Then make sure you receive your vaccination at least two days before surgery, and preferably a bit earlier. 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.

COVID-19 vaccination in combination with other vaccinations

Do you have an appointment for another vaccination (such as a vaccination against HPV, flu or pneumococcal disease)? Then schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at least 14 days before, or at least 7 days after the other vaccination. If you develop any side-effects after the vaccination, this makes it easier to determine which vaccination is causing the side-effects.