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.