Who can receive a booster vaccination?

A booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech is recommended from 6 months after the primary vaccination course (initial vaccination).

For optimal protection from a severe case of COVID-19 and hospitalisation, a booster is recommended for everyone aged 65 or over, in particular:

  • people aged 75 or over
  • people aged 65 or over with chronic diseases that put them at the highest risk of getting a severe case of COVID-19;
  • residents and people being looked after in nursing homes, care homes and day care facilities for older adults.

In those aged under 65, the booster can also help increase protection from infection, mild disease and the consequences of catching COVID-19 (e.g. long COVID, missing work) and temporarily reduce circulation of the virus. The booster vaccination is therefore recommended for everyone aged between 16 and 64, in particular:

  • people at especially high risk aged under 65 with chronic diseases that put them at the highest risk of getting a severe case of COVID-19.
  • residents and people under 65 being looked after in nursing homes, care homes and day care facilities for older adults.
  • healthcare workers with direct patient contact and carers of people at especially high risk.

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

People under 30 should preferably receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for their booster.  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 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 COVID-19 vaccination Infoline (daily from 6am to 11pm) on +41 800 88 66 44

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 and adolescents

The vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are approved for persons aged 12 and over.
The vaccination is recommended for all young people aged 12 and over. The vaccine protects against frequent mild and very rare severe cases of COVID-19. It also helps to avoid the negative consequences of protective measures (e.g. isolation/quarantine) and the consequences of frequent exposure (e.g. at school or in leisure time).
The recommendation applies in particular to

  • adolescents with a chronic illness
  • adolescents who are close contacts (e.g. household members) of people at especially high risk, particularly of people with a weakened immune system
  • adolescents living in communal facilities where there is a higher risk of infection and outbreaks of the disease.

Young people should talk to their parents or someone they trust to weigh up whether vaccination is a good idea for them (risk-benefit analysis). The individual benefits of vaccination should outweigh the risks. They also need to decide whether to get vaccinated now or wait until later.

Further information about vaccinating young people is also provided in the fact sheet for young people and in the FAQ.

Recommendations for pregnant women

Vaccination against COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine authorised in Switzerland is now 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. Written consent is no longer required from the pregnant woman, neither is a medical certificate/prescription. 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

Vaccination is recommended within three months of infection for people who can prove by means of a PCR or rapid antigen test that they have been infected with COVID-19. According to the latest studies, vaccination provides better protection against a new infection than recovering from the disease. People who have recovered only receive one dose of vaccine, as the infection has the same effect on the immune system as the first dose of vaccine. This means that after an infection, one dose is sufficient to boost and extend protection.

The three months are a recommendation. In general a person can be vaccinated as soon as they are free of symptoms. For one dose to be sufficient, however, it is recommended to wait 4 weeks after the infection before having the vaccination. This vaccination regimen for people who have had the disease also applies if the infection took place between the first and second doses of vaccine.

Exceptions

  • People at especially high risk should be vaccinated three months after the illness, likewise with only one dose of vaccine.
  • People at especially high risk 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.