Get vaccinated to ease the burden on hospitals
The vaccines currently in use provide 75% protection against symptomatic COVID-19 disease and 90% protection against severe disease.
Vaccination means that fewer people must be treated in hospital or even in intensive care. This relieves the burden on hospitals and frees up intensive care beds for those who urgently need them due to other illnesses, operations, or accidents.
Younger people can also be seriously ill with COVID-19
Even at a young age, the course of the infection and its long-term consequences can be severe, such as exhaustion, persistent respiratory distress or neurological damage ("Long-COVID"). About one in ten people with the disease suffer from subsequent effects of COVID-19.
Vaccines are safe and highly effective
The quality and effectiveness of the approved vaccines have been tested in the same way as all other vaccines and medicines. They meet the high European safety standards. However, the approval procedure was faster this time because all relevant steps took place in parallel instead of one after the other.
The risk of serious vaccine side effects is just 0.02%. The risk of a severe course of infection, on the other hand, is over 10%.
Getting vaccinated protects you and others
Vaccination reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others. If you are vaccinated, you are much less likely to infect other people, and you are less likely to be contagious for a long time. In this way, you protect above all your direct environment: the people you love and live with or spend the day with, for example at work or at school.
Vaccination prevents further lockdowns
Every vaccination helps to get the pandemic under control. The more people vaccinated, the more difficult it is for the virus to spread. If we all work together to increase the vaccination rate, we prevent new restrictions from having to be imposed and lay the groundwork for gradually lifting the existing measures. Every dose brings us closer to the end of the pandemic.