Important information concerning COVID-19

The following link will take you to the FOPH’s official main page. There you will find information on the current situation in Switzerland and abroad, FAQs, recommendations for travellers and for the workplace, and information for health workers.

Current situation

You will find coronavirus-related statistics on covid19.admin.ch.

Booster vaccination: important questions and answers

For the best possible protection, a booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech is recommended from 4 months after full vaccination (initial immunisation).

You can find the most important questions and answers about booster vaccination here.

Once again this winter, it’s particularly important to stick to the hygiene and distancing measures

Winter is here, which means we’re spending more time indoors, where the risk of COVID-19 infection is higher. Given the rising case numbers, it’s now particularly important that we all do our bit by sticking to the current hygiene and distancing measures. These include:

  • Reducing contact with other people to a minimum
  • Wearing a mask if possible at gatherings
  • Keeping your distance from others and reducing the number of people you meet up with
  • Ventilating regularly (if possible every 30 minutes)
  • Regularly washing or sanitising your hands
  • If you have symptoms, getting tested immediately and staying at home
  • Working from home if possible
  • Getting vaccinated, and getting your booster if you’re eligible

Find out more

How do new variants like Omicron arise?

Most mutations do not have any great influence on the spread of the virus. But some mutations can put the virus at an advantage. As yet, little is known about the new variant, omicron. It is still unclear whether omicron is more communicable or whether the protection from infection, illness and transmission provided by vaccination is reduced.

COVID-19 Vaccination Check – information on access to the COVID-19 vaccination and booster jab

The COVID-19 Vaccination Check lets you check online in just a few steps whether and where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine (initial immunisation and booster).

Find out more

Travelcheck – The tool for the entry into Switzerland

With the new tool “Travelcheck” you can quickly find out which precautions you have to take to enter Switzerland.

Important facts about the vaccination

A number of false reports are circulating in connection with the COVID-19 vaccination. Here you’ll find important facts about the vaccination, including explanations.

To the vaccination myths

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COVID-19 vaccine

What do I need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Download information material

Here you’ll find current documents with information on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus.

To the documentation

Informational and explanatory videos

The following videos provide information on the measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Matteo Coen

Dr Matteo Coen fights for the survival of Covid 19 patients in hospital. The virus is unpredictable – even in young people. For him it’s sad to be going through another fierce wave of the disease.

Adnan

Adnan didn’t get vaccinated. After all, he and all the people around him were healthy. Then he caught COVID-19 and had to be put into an induced coma for more than two weeks.

Cecilia

Cecilia is a nurse and had contracted COVID-19 from a patient. She had extreme difficulties breathing and thought she would die.

Sander

Sander is 25 and before catching COVID-19 was as fit as a fiddle. After the infection, he suffered from various complaints.

Slavica

Before contracting COVID-19, Slavica was in very good health. Then everything changed: she was unresponsive for twelve weeks and very narrowly survived the disease.

Pauline

30-year-old Pauline is very sporty and active. After contracting COVID-19, she suffered the physical and mental effects of the virus for almost three months.

Don’t miss out: get vaccinated now – back on the path to normality

Don’t lose time: get vaccinated now to counteract the pandemic.

Myth that vaccine makes you infertile refuted by Watson

The video on the Watson news portal contains a clear explanation as to why there’s absolutely no basis to the myth.

Midwives’ decision on vaccination

A number of midwives explain why they support the COVID-19 vaccination.

Travel: what do I need to know?

These rules must be followed during travel abroad that cannot be avoided.

How do I use a face mask correctly?

These are the rules for wearing, taking off and storing face masks.

SwissCovid helps to break the chains of infection

How the Swiss Covid App helps break chains of infection.

Rules on hygiene & social distancing

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health recommends simple measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Recommended: COVID-19 vaccination.

When stipulated: Have certificate and ID ready.

Wear a mask when required.

Keep your distance.

Ventilate rooms several times a day.

Wash or disinfect hands thoroughly and avoid shaking hands.

To enable contact tracing, always provide your complete contact information.

If you experience symptoms, get tested immediately and stay at home.