Last updated on 21.01.2021

When can I be vaccinated?

The authorities in your canton will let you know when and where you can be vaccinated. Your vaccination will be free of charge.

Initially only a limited number of vaccine doses will be available, and they will be delivered to Switzerland in stages. In the first few weeks after vaccination begins, top priority for the COVID-19 vaccination will be given to the following people:

  • People over 75 years of age
  • People with chronic diseases who are at the highest risk of suffering a severe case of COVID-19
  • People who live in a retirement or care home. Staff who are in contact with residents of such facilities have the option of being vaccinated at the same time.

Everyone else is asked to be patient.

Responsibility for rolling out the vaccination rests with the cantons. Doctors play a key role in contacting their highest risk patients with chronic diseases in order to explain and recommend the COVID-19 vaccine to them. Residents of old people’s and nursing homes are contacted directly through these residential facilities.

If you are over 75, do not have any chronic pre-existing conditions with the highest level of risk and do not live in an old people’s or nursing home, please contact your cantonal authorities to find out when and where you can get vaccinated. For information, you can also call the national COVID-19 vaccination Infoline on +41 58 377 88 92 daily from 6am to 11pm.

Contacts in your canton:

The Cantons’ information about the COVID-19 vaccination is being continually expanded and upgraded.

National COVID-19 vaccination info-line (every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.):

+41 58 377 88 92

Appenzell Ausserrhoden
+41 71 353 67 97

Appenzell Innerhoden
+41 71 788 75 57

+41 31 636 87 87

+41 84 026 1700

+41 800 909 400

+41 55 645 67 00

+41 32 889 11 00

+41 41 618 43 34

+41 58 463 00 00

St. Gallen
+41 58 229 22 33

+41 52 632 70 01

+41 41 819 13 61

+41 32 627 74 11

+41 58 345 34 40

+41 800 144 144

+41 41 875 50 70

+41 58 433 0 144

+41 58 715 11 00

+41 41 728 39 09

+41 80 033 66 55

Vaccination strategy

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):

  1. People who are at especially high risk
  2. Healthcare personnel with patient contact and carers of persons at especially high risk
  3. Close contacts (household members) of people at especially high risk
  4. 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.