The primary objective of vaccination against COVID-19 is to protect people who are at especially high risk and thereby reduce serious illnesses and deaths. The second objective is to reduce the burden on hospitals and care homes and ensure that the health system continues to function properly. The third, and last, objective is to reduce the negative consequences of the pandemic and stem the spread of the virus.
Accordingly, priority for the COVID-19 vaccination will be given to the following target groups (in decreasing order):
- People who are at especially high risk
- Healthcare personnel with patient contact and carers of persons at especially high risk
- Close contacts (household members) of people at especially high risk
- People in communal facilities with an increased risk of infection and outbreaks (with residents of mixed ages)
Subsequently all other adults aged 16 and over (Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine) or 18 and over (Moderna vaccine) will be able to be vaccinated. When specific groups can be vaccinated will depend on the number of vaccine doses delivered each month and the number of people who wish to be vaccinated.
There are no plans as yet to vaccinate children, adolescents or pregnant women. The corresponding study data are still lacking for these groups.
This Swiss Vaccination Strategy, the vaccination objectives and the prioritisation of the target groups are all based on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). They do not differ significantly from the vaccination strategies of other countries, for example France, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Although vaccination protects people from contracting the illness, it is still not known whether it will also protect against transmission of coronavirus. Until further notice, the Rules on hygiene and social distancing are important for protecting yourself and others from coronavirus.
Here you’ll find information material on the COVID-19 vaccination.