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COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION IN ENGLISH

Who can get vaccinated?

Vaccination is free of charge and is provided to all those who have permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia, regardless of whether they are insured or not. Persons employed in Slovenia can also be vaccinated in Slovenia. Funds for the purchase of vaccines and costs for vaccination are provided in the budget of the Republic of Slovenia.

What do I need to get vaccinated?

Your health insurance number. For people who do not have a health insurance number, social security number is used. Social security number (EMŠO) is available to all the people who have either permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia and is obtained upon registration in the Central Population Register (CRP). Registration in the CRP and thus the acquisition of EMŠO is carried out upon registration of residence or health insurance of foreigners. These are e.g. persons on temporary work in Slovenia, persons with diplomatic status and applicants for international protection. It is possible that the person does not know his/her social security number (EMŠO), so it is necessary for health workers to ask foreign citizens to check their application documents and get the social security number from the officials prior to vaccination or testing.

Where can I get vaccinated?

You can visit one of the vaccination mobile units without an appointment. Locations and working hours are listed here.

You can also get vaccinated in one of the community healthcare centres. Find the list here.

What are the recommendations for booster doses?

A booster dose is the dose that a person receives after completing the primary vaccination scheme for extending their protection against the disease.

It is recommended for all the people aged 18 and more (including people who have received three doses for the primary vaccination) and for adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who have chronic diseases, but can also be received by other healthy adolescents.

Recommended interval between primary vaccinations with mRNA vaccines or as “mixed scheme”(Vaxzevria and mRNA vaccine) and the booster dose is 3 to 6 months; however, if the person received primary vaccination with vector vaccines (or abroad with other vaccines approved by the WHO), the recommended interval between primary vaccination and a booster dose should be at least 2 months apart.

Do I still need to follow preventive measures even after getting vaccinated?

Even after you are fully vaccinated you still must follow the preventive measures.

There are currently 5 authorised COVID-19 vaccines in Slovenia

Comirnaty (BioNTech and Pfizer)

Comirnaty

Comirnaty is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 5 years and older.

Comirnaty contains tozinameran, a messenger RNA (mRNA) molecule with instructions for producing a protein from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Comirnaty does not contain the virus itself and cannot cause COVID-19.

Comirnaty is given as two injections, usually into the muscle of the upper arm, 3 weeks apart.

You can find more information here.

Nuvaxovid (Novavax)

Nuvaxovid

Nuvaxovid is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 18 years and older.

Nuvaxovid contains a version of a protein found on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 (the spike protein), which has been produced in the laboratory.

Nuvaxovid is given as two injections, usually into the muscle of the upper arm, 3 weeks apart.

You can find more information here.

Spikevax (Moderna)

Spikevax

Spikevax is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 6 years and older.

Spikevax contains elasomeran, a messenger RNA (mRNA) molecule with instructions for producing a protein from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Spikevax does not contain the virus itself and cannot cause COVID-19.

Spikevax is given as two injections, usually into the muscle of the upper arm, 28 days apart.

You can find more information here.

Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)

Vaxzevria

Vaxzevria is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 18 years and older. COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Vaxzevria is made up of another virus (of the adenovirus family) that has been modified to contain the gene for making a protein from SARS-CoV-2.

Vaxzevria does not contain the virus itself and cannot cause COVID-19.

Vaxzevria is given as two injections, usually into the muscle of the upper arm. The second dose should be given between 4 and 12 weeks after the first dose.

You can find more information here.

Janssen (Johnson&Johnson)

Janssen

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 18 years and older. COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is made up of another virus (of the adenovirus family) that has been modified to contain the gene for making a protein found on SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen does not contain SARS-CoV-2 itself and cannot cause COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is given as an injection, usually into the muscle of the upper arm.

You can find more information here.

Source: European medicines agency

Prevention is key

If we want to contain the spread of this disease, we all must act responsibly – towards oneself as well as towards others. To do so, we must consistently implement the following preventive measures:

  • Wear a face mask and sanitize hands in closed public spaces and on public transport;
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least two meters away from others;
  • Regularly and properly wash hands with soap and water. If water and soap are not available, use a hand sanitizer to disinfect your hands;
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette;
  • #OstaniZdrava mobile app designed to protect health and human lives, can also help us contain the spread of infection as it notifies users of contact with an infected person.