The authorities in your canton will let you know where you can be vaccinated – for example via the cantonal website. A COVID-19 vaccination might be administered at the following sites in your canton for example:
in specific vaccination centres
in your doctor’s practice
in vaccinating pharmacies
Who covers the costs of the vaccination?
The COVID-19 vaccination (initial immunisation and booster) is free of charge for
People with compulsory basic health insurance in Switzerland. They do not have to pay any deductible or copayment.
People without basic health insurance also get the vaccination free of charge if their permanent or habitual place of residence is in Switzerland (e.g. people working for a diplomatic or consular representation or international organisation and their family members, posted workers, students and retired people).
Cross-border commuters who do not live in Switzerland. Please contact your employer to find out more about how vaccinations are organised.
Swiss nationals living abroad and their close family members (such as partner, children, parents, in-laws) who live in the same household.
The costs are not covered if you don’t belong to one of the above groups. For example, this applies to travellers from other countries, tourists, and those on business trips. These groups should get vaccinated against COVID-19 at their place of residence.
How to arrange a vaccination appointment for someone else
You can also arrange an appointment for someone close to you. Check the list above to see if there is an online booking tool for your preferred canton.
This checklist will help you gather all the information you need on the person in question. Each canton requires different details, so the checklist (Download PDF) contains all the details you may potentially need:
Is the person at especially high due to a specific form of one of the following chronic conditions1?
arterial hypertension/high blood pressure
respiratory diseases (incl. COPD and pulmonary fibrosis)
chronic liver diseases, including cirrhosis
obesity (BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2)
Do they have allergies?
Do they have a congenital or acquired immune deficiency, or are they undergoing immunosuppressive therapy or treatment for cancer?
If they are a woman, are they pregnant? Since when?
Do they work in healthcare in a role that requires contact with patients, or do they care for particularly vulnerable people at especially high risk in a professional capacity?
Do they have close contact with someone in one of the defined particularly vulnerable groups (adult members of their household)?
Do they live or work in a communal facility (e.g. a home, etc.)?
Have they already tested positive for COVID-19 (PCR-/antigen test)?
Do they currently have a high temperature or other symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, chest pains or shortness of breath?
Are they currently in isolation?
Have they ever had a severe reaction to a prior vaccination?