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Illnesses against which a vaccination provides protection Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: health
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

The key is used to list the illnesses against which a vaccination provides protection.

Its primary intention is to use it as a subtag for healthcare:speciality=vaccination or healthcare=vaccination_centre.


The value for the key can be one single illness, a semicolon-separated list of such or a common name for groups of illnesses.
The value should be given in a compact form in lower-case letters, for the illness (not the name of the virus/bacterium).


With the rapid development of vaccines against the in the current COVID-19 pandemic, many municipalities are setting up vaccination centres to administer the protectional injections. Currently this needs to be performed in centralised centres as opposed to individual doctor's offices since the vaccine has specific requirements e.g. for storage at considerably low temperatures, and mass vaccination processes have to be organised.

This key however is supposed to be useful beyond the pandemic, and is such open for protection against other illnesses and various forms of logistics.

How to map

Chose a building or campus outline, or a POI node.

The physical characteristics of a vaccination facility can vary a lot, within a country and internationally. There might be exhibition halls, large sports facilities, former airport, etc. It is to the discretion of the mapper to chose an appropriate top-level tag accordingly.

A COVID-19 vaccination centre would be tagged, on the building outline or as a POI node, as follows:

Data usage for Rendering, Routing and Searching

  • As other healthcare features, or used on specialised pandemic-targeted maps.
  • The key provides the nucleus of searching for facilities providing vaccination, or vaccination against Covid19 in the acute case. E.g. here is the Overpass search for "vaccination=covid19". This enables easy rendering or POI overlay on maps, as well as maintainability.

See also