Last updated on 05.09.2022

Who can get vaccinated?

Everyone from age 5 can be vaccinated. The booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 12 and over. The authorities in your canton will let you know when and where you can be vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge for most people in Switzerland.

Who can receive a booster vaccination?

A booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech is recommended from four months after complete initial immunisation for anyone aged 12 or over, especially people in vulnerable groups.

The booster is also recommended for pregnant women from the 2nd trimester and women who are breastfeeding.

The booster vaccination reminds the immune system of the pathogen. The protection the vaccine provides against severe cases of COVID-19 is increased and extended again. For the best possible protection, initial immunisation should be combined with a booster.

With the new Omicron subvariants, the protection provided by the vaccine against mild cases has changed by comparison with earlier variants. With the current virus variants, the vaccination offers only little and only short-term protection from contracting COVID-19 and suffering a mild case thereof. The protection from severe illness and hospitalisation remains, however, and is improved again by the booster.

For people age 30 and over it basically does not matter which of the two available mRNA vaccines is used. The recommendation is for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be favoured for boosters for those aged from 18 to 29. The recommendation is for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be used for the booster for those aged from 12 to 17.

Currently an additional booster is recommended for anyone anyone aged 80 (after their first booster). We also recommend an additional booster vaccination for people with a severely weakened immune system due to illness or therapy; in this case, consult your doctor. An additional booster can be given starting four months after the last vaccination. It increases the protection against another severe case of COVID-19, at least for a certain period of time.

The cantons are responsible for carrying out the booster vaccinations. If a booster vaccination is recommended for you, you can register for an appointment. Visit the website or call the Infoline for your canton to find out where you should register and where you can get vaccinated. Alternatively, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine (PDF, 286 kB, 10.11.2021)

You can find more information about booster vaccination here and in the FAQ.

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

Do you want to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Or are you already fully vaccinated and want to find out about getting a booster? The COVID-19 Vaccination Check lets you check online in just a few steps whether and where you can access the vaccination, and refers you to the point of contact in your canton or to your GP or specialist doctor.

Important:

  • The COVID-19 Vac-check in no way substitutes individual medical advice.
  • Use of the COVID-19 Vac-check can be completed anonymously.

You will find more information on the COVID-19 vaccination here or you can call the national infoline coronavirus (Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) on +41 58 463 00 00

Go to the COVID-19 Vaccination Check

Vaccination strategy: Who can get vaccinated?

The primary objective of vaccination against COVID-19 is to protect people who are at especially high risk and thereby prevent 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.

Recommendations for children

Vaccination is recommended for children from age 5 to 11 whose parents or legal guardians wish them to have it on the basis of an individual risk assessment. It is advised to assess the risks and benefits in each individual case.

The recommendation applies particularly to:

  • Children with a chronic illness

The vaccination is only recommended for children who have already had a coronavirus infection if they belong to groups mentioned above. No vaccination is currently recommended for any other children who have recovered from COVID-19.

This is a specially manufactured children’s vaccine. The dosage is lower than in the vaccine for people age 12 and over.

Recommendations for adolescents

The vaccination is recommended for all young people aged 12 and over. The vaccine protects against the rare severe cases of COVID-19.
The recommendation applies in particular to:

  • adolescents with a chronic illness
  • adolescents living in communal facilities where there is a higher risk of infection and outbreaks of the disease.

Adolescents should preferably be vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Further information about vaccinating young people is also provided in the FAQ.

Recommendations for pregnant women

Vaccination against COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine authorised in Switzerland is recommended for all women before and during pregnancy (from the 13th week of pregnancy) and during breastfeeding. Women who are trying for a baby should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Women who are already pregnant and have not yet been vaccinated are advised to get a jab from 12 weeks of pregnancy (i.e. from the 2nd trimester). The benefits of vaccination during pregnancy significantly outweigh the potential risks. In principle, vaccination is also possible at an earlier stage of pregnancy.

Vaccination before and during pregnancy protects both mother and unborn child. Pregnant women are much more likely to suffer severe symptoms of COVID-19 than their non-pregnant peers. The risk of premature birth is also significantly higher if they are infected with coronavirus during pregnancy.

There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines adversely affect fertility in men or women. If you still have unanswered questions, talk to your doctor, gynaecologist or midwife at your next routine check-up or consultation.

Recommendations for people recovered from COVID-19

The vaccination is also recommended if you have recovered from COVID. You are protected from renewed infection for a certain period of time, but it is not clear how long for. We recommend that you have the vaccination within three months of infection to give you long-term protection. From 4 weeks after a confirmed coronavirus infection, one dose of vaccine is generally sufficient for initial immunisation.

Was the infection more than three months ago? If so, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible. In this situation too, you only require one vaccine dose for initial immunisation.

There are exceptions to the above for people at especially high risk in view of their substantially weakened immune system (as a result of an illness or therapy). For more information about this please consult your doctor.

You will find information on the booster vaccination in the Booster vaccination: important questions and answers section.

An antibody test should not be done and is explicitly not recommended. This is because an antibody test gives no indication of how long someone is immune after a confirmed infection.

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.