Last updated on 12.05.2022

Why vaccinate?

By receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you will…

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    protect yourself potentially becoming seriously due to COVID-19.
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    avoid potential long-term debilitating effects of COVID-19 (long COVID).
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    become immune safely.
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    help relieve pressure on the people working in healthcare.
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    help protect the people around you.
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    enable us to be more relaxed in our social encounters and thus boost mental health.
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    help curb the effects of the pandemic.

Vaccination recommendation of the FOPH

The coronavirus is highly contagious. Even if most of those who are infected only develop mild symptoms or even no symptoms at all, some become seriously ill, particularly those who are at especially high risk.

The vaccination reduces the risk of contracting and passing on the coronavirus, helping you protect yourself and people in your family, your home or at work who are at especially high risk. The more people are vaccinated, the less the virus can circulate through the population, and the fewer people will get sick or die from the coronavirus.

Vaccination protects against COVID-19

The mRNA vaccines are highly effective and afford a very high level of protection against severe cases of COVID-19. Depending on the age and variant, the protection afforded by the vaccination can decline over time.

The initial immunisation also protects very well from infection and mild cases of illness, and thus from transmission of the virus. However, this protection then declines over time for everyone. This can occur more or less quickly, depending on the variant.

For the best possible vaccine protection and to temporarily reduce circulation of the virus, everyone aged 12 and over is recommended to have a booster from 4 months after the initial immunisation.

No vaccination provides 100% protection. If a vaccinated person does become infected despite the vaccination, they can transmit the virus to others. It is still impossible to say with certainty how high this transmission risk is. This is why it is so important that as many people as possible get vaccinated so that the virus spreads as little as possible and does not mutate.

For the time being it’s important to continue following the key recommendations on hygiene and social distancing, even after you have been vaccinated, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Vaccination protects against severe health outcomes – those affected tell their personal stories

Many people don’t realise that coronavirus can have severe consequences. People who catch COVID-19 and become seriously ill or suffer from long COVID go through a difficult time that turns their lives upside down. A COVID-19 vaccination can protect you from this.

In the following videos, people affected tell their personal stories.

Infertility vaccination myth: why there is no basis to the claim

Lots of myths and misinformation are doing the rounds in connection with the COVID-19 vaccination. One of them is that it makes you infertile. The following two videos show why these claims are untrue and why it makes sense to get vaccinated.

In the following video, various midwives explain why they advocate the vaccination.

The following video from the Watson news explains clearly how the COVID-19 vaccination works and why there’s no reason for men or women to worry about infertility.

“Why we’re getting vaccinated”

The COVID-19 vaccination will help Switzerland in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. That’s why so many people want to get vaccinated. Because they see the COVID-19 vaccine as an important step – for themselves and for the whole of Switzerland.

Calling all teens and young adults: wise up and get your jab!

By getting your jab, you are playing an important part in helping ensure that restrictions don’t need to be extended and that life can return to normal as soon as possible. Some teens and young people are hesitant when it comes to getting vaccinated. Either they say they are worried about potential side effects or they don’t trust what’s in the vaccine. While side effects, such as fatigue, headaches and chills can occur, the risk of serious complications with COVID-19 is much higher. If side effects do occur, they usually subside within a few days.
The FOPH provides a wide range of information on how the COVID-19 vaccination works and possible side effects on this website.