Office for the Equal Treatment of EU Workers

Preferential vaccination access

Working and living conditions with a significantly increased risk of infection

If you work in sectors with special requirements, you can have preferential access to vaccination in Germany. These include, for example, the meat industry, parcel services and seasonal work.

For people who have a significantly higher risk of infection with the coronavirus due to their working or living conditions, preferential vaccination with higher priority (level 3 according to the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance) is possible.

You must fulfil the following requirements:

  • You have a general entitlement to vaccination – which means, fundamentally an access to vaccination in Germany – and
  • are exposed to a significantly increased risk of infection due to your (precarious) work and/or living conditions.

Note: A habitual abode exists if the circumstances indicate that you are staying at this place or in this area for a longer period and not only temporarily (e.g. for tourist purposes or to visit).

Regarding the requirements in detail:

General entitlement to vaccination

Your place of residence or habitual abode is in Germany or you have statutory or private health insurance in Germany.

Note: A habitual abode exists if the circumstances indicate that you are staying at this place or in this area for a longer period and not only temporarily (e.g. for tourist purposes or to visit).

Working and living conditions with a significantly increased risk of infection

Acceptable in sectors such as the meat industry, parcel services or seasonal work. However, other industries with similarly difficult working and/or living conditions can also be considered. Fundamentally, at workplaces with many people together and in rooms with insufficient fresh air supply.

What do you need to submit for the higher priority vaccination?

1. Proof of general entitlement to vaccination:

For the vaccination centre, the mobile vaccination team, the medical practice or the company doctor, you must present a photo ID (e.g. identity card) or some other document (e.g. your employment contract), showing your place of residence or habitual abode in Germany or a certificate from your statutory or private health insurance in Germany.

2. Proof of working and living conditions with a significantly increased risk of infection:

In addition, you must provide written proof of your work (e.g. your employment contract), which shows that you have a significantly increased risk of infection due to your working or living conditions.

Do you have any further questions about vaccination?

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