Last updated on 05.05.2021

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.

COVID-19 vaccine: delivery and vaccination forecast

In the first quarter 2021 the federal government expected smaller volumes of vaccines from the outset. This vaccine was used to protect people in especially vulnerable groups as quickly as possible. Switzerland expects large volumes of vaccine in the second quarter of 2021. Everyone wishing to be vaccinated will thus have access to a COVID-19 vaccination by summer 2021.

From April to the end of July 2021 Switzerland should receive 8.1 million doses of vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna combined – 3 million of them in May and 3 million in June. Switzerland expects further authorisations of various vaccines.

According to the federal government’s vaccination scenario, assuming that 75% of people in vulnerable groups and 60% of the remaining adult population wish to be vaccinated, everyone wanting the vaccination ccould have received at least one dose by the end of June.

The speed with which each target population group can be vaccinated depends a) on whether deliveries from the vaccine manufacturers arrive as scheduled and b) on the willingness of people within the group to be vaccinated and the vaccination capacity in the cantons. You will find different vaccination scenarios in this document: Vaccination scenarios

Contacts in your canton:

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

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

+41 800 88 66 44

Appenzell Ausserrhoden

ar.ch
+41 71 353 67 97

Appenzell Innerrhoden

ai.ch
+41 71 788 99 66

Bern

be.ch
+41 31 636 87 87

Freiburg

fr.ch
+41 84 026 1700

Genf

ge.ch
+41 800 909 400

Glarus

gl.ch
+41 55 645 67 00

Neuenburg

ne.ch
+41 32 889 11 00

Nidwalden

nw.ch
+41 41 618 43 34

Obwalden

ow.ch
+41 58 463 00 00

St. Gallen

sg.ch
+41 58 229 22 33

Schaffhausen

sh.ch
+41 52 632 70 01

Schwyz

sz.ch
+41 41 819 13 61

Solothurn

so.ch
+41 32 627 74 11

Thurgau

tg.ch
+41 58 345 34 40

Tessin

ti.ch
+41 800 144 144

Uri

ur.ch
+41 41 875 50 70

Wallis

vs.ch
+41 58 433 0 144

Waadt

vd.ch
+41 58 715 11 00

Zug

zg.ch
+41 41 728 39 09

Zürich

zh.ch
+41 848 33 66 11

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 (pregnant women as a group are not included at this point)
  2. Healthcare personnel with patient contact and carers of persons at especially high risk
  3. Close contacts (household members, family carers) of people at especially high risk
  4. People in communal facilities with an increased risk of infection and outbreaks (e.g. homes for the disabled).

Availability of the vaccines being initially limited, the following persons are eligible for a vaccination appointment first:

  • Persons aged 75 and older
  • Persons suffering from chronic diseases with the highest risk for a severe course of the disease, irrespective of age
  • Persons living in a retirement or care home. Healthcare workers in contact with residents of retirement and care homes are eligible for vaccination at the same time.

If sufficient amounts of vaccine are available, all other adults aged 16 and over (Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine) or 18 and over (Moderna vaccine) will be able to be vaccinated.

These people can then be vaccinated at the same time as group 3, in order of descending age. This is possible because most vulnerable people have already been vaccinated and are therefore very well protected from getting the disease. Also, the risk of a severe case if infected with the new coronavirus increases with age.

Children and adolescents: There are no plans as yet to vaccinate children and adolescents. The corresponding study data are still lacking for these groups.

Pregnant women: In the case of certain forms of chronic illnesses with a risk of a severe course of a Covid-19 illness or people who are at an increased risk of infection (for example healthcare personnel), a vaccination during pregnancy might be advisable. Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant and have a chronic illness.

People recovered from COVID-19 : We recommend you get vaccinated even if you have already had the new coronavirus. The data suggests that you are protected from renewed infection for at least six months. We recommend being vaccinated with one dose of vaccine six month after the illness. You do not have to have a second dose.

This gives an additional boost to the immune system so that you are optimally protected.

Exceptions:

  • Particularly vulnerable people should be vaccinated already three months after the illness, likewise with only one dose of vaccine.
  • Particularly vulnerable people with a weakened immune system should be vaccinated after three months. They receive two doses of vaccine at an interval of around four weeks.

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.

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.

 

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:

  • Gender
  • Is the person considered particularly vulnerable due to one of the following chronic conditions?
    • heart disease
    • arterial hypertension/high blood pressure
    • respiratory diseases (incl. COPD and pulmonary fibrosis)
    • chronic liver diseases, including cirrhosis
    • kidney disease
    • diabetes mellitus
    • obesity (BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2)
    • trisomy 21
  • Do they have allergies?
  • Do they have a congenital or acquired immune deficiency, or are they undergoing immunosuppressive therapy or treatment for cancer?
  • Do they work in healthcare in a role that requires contact with patients, or do they care for particularly vulnerable people 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 been confirmed positive to Covid-19 (PCR-/Antigen)?
  • Do they currently have a fever or other symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, chest pains or shortness of breath?
  • Are they currently in quarantine?
  • Have they ever had a severe reaction to a prior vaccination?
  • Would you like to forward their details to myCOVIDvac* so they can be issued with an electronic vaccination card?
    *myCOVIDvac is a module of the Swiss electronic vaccination card (e-vaccine card) which documents your COVID-19 vaccination in electronic form (see: https://www.mycovidvac.ch/).
    Data transfer to myCOVIDvac is currently deactivated. The data could be transferred later.
  • First name
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Health insurance card number
  • SV/AHV number
  • Address (street, number)
  • Postcode
  • Town/city
  • Canton
  • Country
  • Marital status
  • Profession
  • Can they make it to a vaccination centre?

Here you’ll find information material on the COVID-19 vaccination.