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Information on the corona virus

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In order to prevent infections it is still necessary for the entire population to be committed to infection prevention and control, e.g., by consistently observing rules of distance and hygiene — also outdoors —, by ventilating indoor spaces and, where indicated, by wearing a medical mask correctly and using the Corona Warn App (opens in a new tab).

The rules for reducing contact and hygiene are:

  • Maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 m
  • Respecting hygiene: When coughing and sneezing, keep your distance and turn away from others. Hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose or use a handkerchief that you should dispose of immediately. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wearing face masks 
  • Ensuring good indoor ventilation

If you have symptoms (opens in a new tab)typical of an infection with the coronavirus, please call your general practitioner or the out-of-hours patient care services 116 117 for a non-emergency doctor on call. This number works around the clock and all over Germany. 

The following link leads you to the current coronavirus regulations in Lower Saxony.

The local incidence rate for Braunschweig and the latest regulations concerning them can be found under the following links:

Testing

As of 30 June 2022, the free citizen tests for people without symptoms will basically be suspended. Exceptions apply to the following groups:

  • Children under five years of age
  • People who cannot be vaccinated against the corona virus for medical reasons, including in particular pregnant women in the first trimester of their pregnancy,
  • People who are currently participating in studies on corona vaccines or have participated in the past three months.
  • People who are in isolation due to confirmed infection with coronavirus, if testing is required to stop isolation,
  • People who want to visit someone in a hospital or in a residential care facility,
  • People who live or have lived in the same household as an infected person,
  • family carers and assistants employed by people with disabilities (within the framework of a personal budget according to § 29 SGB IX)

The following groups of people must contribute three euros to a test:

  • People who will be attending an indoor event on the same day
  • People who will have contact with a person aged 60 or over or a person with a pre-existing condition with a high risk of contracting severe Covid-19 on the same day, 
  • Persons who receive a warning with the red status indication "increased risk" through the Corona warning app of the Robert Koch Institute.

On the map linked below, you will find rapid test centres and pharmacies that carry out rapid tests in accordance with the testing ordinance.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, do not enter a test site but go see a doctors' practice to get a rapid test done. You can find their locations on the website of the Lower Saxony Medical Association: please enter Braunschweig in the form under Wo (Where) and select Corona-Schnelltest under Besonderheiten (Special features).

Vaccination

Braunschweig's vaccination center is located in the premises of the Stadthalle Braunschweig at St. Leonhard 14. Vaccinations continue to take place from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. 

Vaccinations are available with and without an appointment. Appointments can be made online via the vaccination portal at www.impfportal-niedersachsen.de (opens in a new tab)

All adults who wish to be vaccinated can choose between Moderna and BioNTech vaccines for initial and booster vaccinations. For first vaccination, Novavax is also possible. The second vaccination should continue to be carried out with the vaccine that was used for the first vaccination. In accordance with the current STIKO recommendation, it is possible to receive a second or third vaccine dose with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine if there is a contraindication to mRNA vaccines or an individual wish. 

Children and adolescents from the age of 5 can also receive a vaccination. 

In addition, mobile vaccination teams also offer vaccinations at public locations. Schedules and venues can be be seen online at https://www.braunschweig.de/aktuell/mobile-impfteams.php (opens in a new tab)

General practitioners and other medecins have also been vaccinating.

Foreign language telephone helplines

  • Reliable answers and concrete information on how to protect yourself and help others. Information on the subject of vaccination and testing for members of the public is available in English, Turkish, Russian and Arabic at the country-wide and free-to-call telephone number 0800 0000837.
  • State government hotline for questions on COVID-19 vaccination
    The citizens of Lower Saxony have the opportunity to clarify their questions about the COVID-19 vaccination by calling a newly established hotline. Later, it will be possible to make vaccination appointments via the hotline, however, this is not yet possible. Hotline number is 0800 9988665. The hotline is available from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The hotline is closed on public holidays.