Recording of the digital information event held on 5 April 2022

At the digital information event of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Integration, experts answered questions about COVID-19 vaccination. The event was simultaneously translated into Arabic, English, French, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian and sign language.

Everything important about vaccination

A lot of information on the corona pandemic and vaccination is published every day. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything. It’s quite understandable if you are unsettled by this is. After all, it’s about your own body and your own health. In order to make it easier for you to make a decision, we will show you the reasons for vaccination as well as how the risks can be classified.

Good reasons for vaccination

There are many good reasons to get vaccinated. We will show you important ones.

Protection from severe symptoms and long-term effects

Nowadays, anyone infected with the coronavirus has to rely predominantly on their immune system to fight the disease. That’s because there is no effective therapy available to date. According to data from the Robert Koch Institute, over 90% of patients currently hospitalised with the disease are not vaccinated. In the vast majority of cases, the vaccination mitigates the severity of the illness.

Protect yourself, but also others

There are also those who cannot get vaccinated. There is no approved vaccine for babies and small children, and other people may not be vaccinated for medical reasons. These people depend on people in their environment being vaccinated.

Advantages when travelling

Vaccinations are not mandatory for holidaymakers. HOWEVER: Vaccinated individuals enjoy greater freedom than non-vaccinated people when travelling. Travellers without proof of vaccination must be prepared for more stringent travel measures than travellers who are fully vaccinated.

Don’t transmit the virus

Current scientific data show that people who are vaccinated are significantly less likely to become infected. However, if you become infected, the probability of you passing on the virus to others will be lower.

Protect the healthcare system from overload

The fewer people that fall ill with COVID-19 and require intensive care, the sooner hospitals, health authorities, and other healthcare institutions can resume normal operation. In the vast majority of cases, vaccination protects against serious illness and thus against lengthy treatment in hospital.

An infection with corona is more dangerous than the vaccination.

Many people continue to suffer from the effects of COVID-19 for weeks and months. With vaccines that have been approved, it is highly unlikely that the effects of a vaccination will prove to be worse than a coronavirus infection – even in young, healthy people.

And what about the risks?

There are many claims about the risks of corona vaccination. Most of them are not true. Here you will find the answers to questions you may have already asked yourself.

Would you like to know more?

We hope that we have been able to bring some clarity to the confusing subject of vaccination. Would you like to know more? Please have a look at the following videos and links:

Relevant videos

Ranga Yogeshwar

Video: Why vaccination is smarter (Ranga Yogeshwar)

Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar is campaigning for as many people as possible to be vaccinated against corona. He explains why in his video Why vaccination is smarter. (Link)

Mai Thi Ngyuen-Kim

Video: Critical questions about vaccination (Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim)

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim is a chemist and science journalist. In her video 7 critical questions about vaccination, she clearly explains the structure of vaccines and their effect. (Link)

Martin Moder

Video: The mode of action and potential risks of mRNA vaccines (Martin Moder)

In his video, Martin Moder, molecular biologist, explains the mode of action and potential risks of the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. (Link)