The wait is still on for some!! Having said that, the COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule in Hessen is definitely rolling now and picking up momentum.  After a noteworthy initial reaction to the pandemic the second and now third wave are leaving citizens tired and frustrated as the government works to get the population vaccinated.  Undoubtedly though people cannot wait for restrictions to be a thing of the past!

Hesse follows the Corona Vaccination Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Health. And, as far as the COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule in Hessen this is what we can ascertain thus far:

Vaccinations are currently open for GROUP 1, 2 and 3 (see below)

Register by:

  1. Phone:
    • 116 117 OR
    • 0611 505 92 888
  2. Online:


Prime Minister Volker Bouffier announced on Tuesday 27th of April that everyone in Hessen may now register for a vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine.  The guidance offered on the official Hessen website is that anyone under 60 can register for AstraZeneca, however, they will need to have to have a corresponding consultation with the vaccinating doctor.  In other words, you should check with your Hausartz.

AstraZeneca vaccines have been suspended for those under the age of 60, although as stated above you can opt in to receive the vaccination on consultation with a doctor and at your own risk.  Hessen follows the guidance and recommendations from Germany’s permanent vaccine commission, known by the short name STIKO.  This latest decision comes on the basis “of currently available data on the occurrence of rare, but very serious thrombosis-related side-effects.”   Also, of the few reported cases, young women appear to have been the ones primarily affected.

The Hessen Prime Minister Volker Bouffier, encourages all those over 60 to continue to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, stating that the benefits far outweigh the risks.  He continued, that when his turn to receive the vaccine arrives, should he be offered AstraZeneca he will accept it.

What happens now?

The approximately 12,500 citizens with appointments scheduled currently will now receive the BioNtech or Moderna vaccine which have no age restrictions.  Of the 208,000 citizens who have to date received the AstraZeneca vaccine over half are under 60 years of age.  The second vaccination appointments will be postponed until May.  Furthermore, at the end of April STIKO should be a position to determine whether in principle the second AstraZeneca vaccination can go ahead.

Previous Advice from the Hessen Ministry

The Hessen Ministry of the Interior has instructed that all vaccination centres will resume administering the AstraZeneca vaccine as of Saturday 20th March.  Thus, vaccination appointments scheduled for the week end have not been cancelled.  However, it is always prudent to double check.

The Paul Ehrlich Institute offered the following:

“After intensive consultations on the serious thrombotic events that have occurred in Germany and Europe, the Paul Ehrlich Institute recommends the temporary suspension of vaccinations with the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca.”

”The Paul Ehrlich Institute would like to point out that people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca and feel increasingly unwell more than four days after the vaccination – e.g. with severe and persistent headaches or punctiform skin bleeding – seek medical attention immediately Should seek treatment.”

Since this initial statement, the EMA (European Medicines Agency)has determined that there is no increased risk of thromboembolic events (blood clots) as result of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The COVID-19 Priority Groups Additional Information

    • Those aged 80 and over
    • Those who are treated or cared for in inpatient nursing homes, and people who work in these settings
    • Nursing staff in outpatient care services
    • Healthcare workers with a high risk of exposure to COVID-19, especially those working in intensive care, emergency rooms, palliative care and coronavirus vaccination centres
    • Healthcare workers who treat high-risk patients

    • Those aged 70 and over
    • Those at high risk of a severe/fatal disease after infection as a result of underlying health conditions i.e.
      • trisonomy 21
      • dementia or a similar condition,
      • those recovering from a transplant,
      • and those with Down Syndrome
    • Close contacts of people aged over 80 or residents of nursing / care homes
    • Close contacts of pregnant women
    • Doctors and other healthcare workers who have a high or increased risk of exposure to coronavirus
    • Police and law enforcement officers who are exposed to a high risk of infection while on duty
    • Key workers in the public health service
    • People who live or work in refugee or homeless facilities

** Please be aware that if you have a pre-existing condition it is for your doctor (GP/Hausartz) to determine whether you fall into group 2 or group 3.  By emailing your doctor they should be able to tell you and provide a note to proceed.

    • Those aged 60 and over
    • Those at high risk of a severe/fatal disease after infection as a result of underlying health conditions i.e.:
      • diabetes,
      • cancer,
      • chronic kidney or liver conditions,
      • HIV or other immune-deficiency conditions,
      • heart conditions,
      • asthma and clinical obesity
    • Employees in medical facilities with a low risk of exposure (e.g. laboratories)
    • Key workers in government, administration, constitutional bodies, the armed forces, the police, fire brigade and justice system
    • Key workers in critical infrastructure companies, pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry, power supply, water and waste disposal, the food industry, transport, information technology and telecommunications
    • Teachers and other educators
    • People with precarious working or living conditions

** ** Please be aware that if you have a pre-existing condition it is for your doctor (GP/Hausartz) to determine whether you fall into group 2 or group 3.  By emailing your doctor they should be able to guide you and provide a note to proceed.

    • Once all the above priority groups have been vaccinated all remaining citizens will be vaccinated

As of April 1st Vaccinations can now be administered by GP’s

Relief for those who have been fully vaccinated

Bouffier further highlighted that there would be further relief for those who have been fully vaccinated.  In particular those who had exceeded 14 days after their second vaccination would no longer need to provide a negative covid test when visiting for instance hairdressers.  Also, they would no longer be required to quarantine after a trip.

Company doctors and pharmaceutical companies to join the vaccination drive

From June 1st, company doctors will also be involved in the vaccination process. And as early as May 3rd, four pharmaceutical companies in Hesse will start vaccinating. These include Merck in Darmstadt, Sanofi-Aventis in Frankfurt, B. Braun in Melsungen and Pharmaserv in Marburg.

Vaccination Calculator

To ascertain when you might be in line to get your vaccination, check out the OMNI Calculator