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Vaccination for children and adolescents

Current findings as the basis for decision

Vaccination recommendations, efficacy and side effects

Should we have our child vaccinated against COVID-19? This question moves many parents. The topic is often discussed controversially and parents as well as children have a lot of questions about it. There is no vaccination obligation for children in Germany. The decision for or against vaccination is up to you and your child.


During the pandemic, the epidemiologic situation of COVID-19 has changed significantly. The virus has not disappeared, but severe courses have become much rarer due to the baseline immunity achieved in the population.

Until now, parents of 5- to 18-year-old children were advised to have their children vaccinated against coronavirus. On April 25, 2023, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) updated its COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. For healthy children and adolescents, the recommendations for vaccination are completely eliminated. Safety concerns in the vaccination of healthy children and adolescents, however, do not exist.



The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, together with the Robert Koch Institute, the Federal Center for Health Education and the Paul Ehrlich Institute, has published a decision aid for parents and guardians.

More informationLinks for further reading

Multilingual information on the corona virus and corona vaccination in plain language, English, French, Russian, Turkish and Arabic has been compiled by the Federal Centre for Health Education BZgA at