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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.

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 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 link:

Testing and quarantine

As part of the Corona pandemic screening strategy, the city of Braunschweig offers free testing. All citizens can be tested for Corona free of charge at least once a week by trained staff using a rapid test (aka PoC antigen test). Anyone who wishes to do so can go to the  involved doctors' surgeries, pharmacies or to a rapid test centre for citizens commissioned by the Public Health Department.

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

In addition, doctors' practices also offer rapid tests. 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 the Corona rapid test under Besonderheiten (Special features).

Vaccination

In principle, the vaccinations are carried out in the order of the specifications of the coronavirus vaccination ordinance (CoronaImpfV) of the Federal Ministry of Health. The persons scheduled for a vaccination will receive a personal invitation to make an appointment. 

Appointments for the vaccination center can be made either online at www.impfportal-niedersachsen.de or by calling the Lower Saxony Immunization Hotline at 0800 99 88 665. In Braunschweig, the vaccination center is located in the premises of the Stadthalle Braunschweig at St. Leonhard 14 (formerly Leonhardplatz). 

Since the beginning of April 2021, general practitioners have also been vaccinating. The practices contact their patients and invite them to be vaccinated. The prioritization of vaccination groups also applies to vaccinations in doctors' practices. Doctors are to vaccinate patients who are particularly at risk first. 

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.