Kinder kämpfen gegen Viren

Information for parents

Although the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is not approved for use on children under 5 in Germany, off-label use is legal and a common method in pediatric care.

Parents and doctors must sign official awareness sheets and extensive documents for off-label-use for liability reasons. We are working on an English translation. The German version can be found here

Are you able to travel to Germany for two vaccination appointments 3 weeks apart? Register here and we’ll send you more information via email.

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There are many questions regarding the process, the costs, the organisation. This section will be updated regularly

Anyone who is a registered resident in Germany, or has their usual place of residence in Germany, is entitled to receive vaccinations in Germany. The vaccinating doctor may, but is not required to, ask about a patient’s residence.

Certain groups of people are entitled to receive vaccinations against Covid-19 regardless of their residence status, according to the German Covid-19 ordinances. These groups include:

  • Employees in care facilities (e.g. nursing homes), as well as visiting health care workers
  • Health care workers
  • Police and public safety workers
  • Employees working in public health
  • Employees in elementary schools, special needs schools, and childcare centers
(source​: https://www.tk.de/firmenkunden/service/fachthemen/coronavirus-arbeitgeber/grenzgaenger-und-entsandte-corona-impfung-2105200?tkcm=aaus

More than 70 doctors in Germany vaccinate children under 5 years via off-label use and we can help you book an appointment to get your child vaccinated.

Once you have entered your information in our database, you’ll receive regular emails from us informing you about available appointments. 

Note that some of these appointments may be short-notice, and too difficult for people traveling from abroad, but some appointments will likely be far enough in advance for you to plan your travel. 

We work with experienced doctors of all specialties, not only pediatricians. We coordinate the contacts between parents and doctors.

No, most doctors in Germany are not vaccinating children under 5 using the off label method.

We will inform you about how to get a vaccination after you register here.

The doctors who work with U12Schutz are proud to work with us, but prefer that you receive their contact information only once you have your appointment. This helps protect the doctors and their families from harassment.

Currently, doctors working with U12Schutz are offering first vaccinations, second vaccinations, and boosters, using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Some also offer a fourth dose.​​​​​​​

The doctors work with the dose Pfizer/Biontech used in their studies.

In agreement with the parents they normally use these doses: U2 - 3µg  2-3yo 5-7µg 4yo 10µg​​​​​​​

Yes. All the doctors working with U12Schutz document the vaccination according to the national regulations. Each dose will be recorded in the international vaccination booklet (if you don’t yet have one, we can give you one ). In addition, you will get a digital certificate of vaccination with a QR code.

The vaccination will be recognized in accordance with the existing agreements between the two countries. The digital vaccine certificate you will receive can be converted to the digital certificate used in your home country (e.g. the GreenPass in Italy).

For patients who aren’t insured in Germany, or who have private insurance, the Federal Ministry of Social Security (Bundesamt für soziale Sicherung, BAS) covers the costs of the vaccination. This means that there are no costs for parents to cover (apart from travel and acccommodation).

All family members need valid travel documents to enter Germany. Please make sure you check on the special requirements for Covid-19. These can change on short notice so please make sure you check on them before entering Germany.

Concerning the vaccination you need all forms to be completed and signed by every custodial parent.

Please dont forget your international vaccination booklet (if you dont yet have one, we can give you one)

Due to safety reasons it is always better to choose a direct flight. The best airports to pick are "Frankfurt am Main" (Airport Code FRA) or "Hamburg" (Airport Code HAM). Do NOT take a plane to "Berlin" as this would be too far away.

How to

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What steps do I follow to get a vaccination for my child?

Step 1 Enter your information in our database.

Step 2 Research whether you and your child need a passport or a visa to travel to Germany, and apply for them if necessary.

Step 3 Read through our website, the FAQ and the newsletter you will receive after registration.

Step 4 Inform yourself about how to travel safely to and from Germany. You may find it useful to join the Facebook group "Protect their future"​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​, an advocacy group of physicians and parents focused on vaccine access for children, and get in touch with other parents in similar circumstances.

Step 5 Familiarize yourself with the geography of Germany. When one of the update emails you receive from us mentions appointments in one of those regions, follow the directions in the email and we will help you get the appointment confirmed.

Additional Information

I have a question that's not addressed here. Please send an email with the subject "Question" to international@u12schutz.de

We have a team of volunteers who can support families from abroad. We aren’t able to help with everything, but we will do our best. Please be in touch and let us know what you need. 

No. We work on a volunteer basis without compensation. We all have other jobs and work with U12Schutz in our free time.

We are a group of over 50 volunteers who are working to make vaccine protection available for children. We have been active since April 2021. In November 2021, we set up our database and website at u12schutz.de

For English speakers, "Protect their future" is currently the best place to get updates and exchange advice and information. Follow @immunizeunder5s on Twitter, join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/635645747482854/ and get more information at http://protecttheirfuture.org.

You are sure to get an offlabel vaccination for your child in Germany?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Send an Email to international@u12schutz.de