Last updated on 01.12.2021

Why vaccinate?

By receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you will…

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    protect yourself against contracting COVID-19 and potentially becoming seriously ill.
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    avoid long-term effects of a COVID-19 infection.
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    become immune safely.
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    help ease the strain on the healthcare sector.
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    help reduce the burden of disease.
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    do your bit to help society return to normal.
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    help to mitigate the consequences 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 coronavirus disease and its transmission

The mRNA vaccines are highly effective and afford a very high level of protection. Vaccinated people have a much lower risk of infection than unvaccinated people. In the rare cases that a vaccinated person does become infected – likely with the Delta variant at the moment – they can probably transmit the virus to others. It is still impossible to say with any certainty at the moment how high this transmission risk is. There are indications that vaccinated people who have contracted the Delta variant may have been able to pass the virus on to others. This is why it is so important that as many people as possible get vaccinated to stop the virus continuing to spread and mutate.

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

The COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for young people from age 12.

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.

You will find information on the vaccination for adolescents age 12 and over here:

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.


Write a promise to yourself

Have you decided to get vaccinated? Take a stand by writing a symbolic declaration of intent, in three easy steps.

Here you can write your promise.

“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!

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a good alternative to the hassle of time-consuming tests. If you want to travel or go dancing in a club and are not vaccinated, you’ll need a valid test. When you return to Switzerland after your holidays, you’ll have to meet additional requirements if you’re not vaccinated. 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.
Several new campaigns are targeting teens and young adults, calling on them to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. Following the first campaign ‘Really?’, the new awareness campaign ‘Better go get vaccinated’ has now been launched.

“Don’t miss out: get vaccinated” – help counter a new wave of the pandemic while there’s still time

Get vaccinated now

  • to be able to travel again, more easily and with less stress
  • to get into parties, clubs, concerts and football games with as little hassle as possible
  • to avoid having to repeatedly get tested.

The COVID-19 vaccination puts you in control and helps you determine the further course of the coronavirus pandemic. Every vaccination counts: there are still free appointments for vaccinations in all regions of Switzerland, often close to the home or workplace.

You’ll find more information in the following two videos and in the download area.


Design your own heart poster

A relaxed meal with friends, leisurely visits to a museum or carefree hanging-out on campus? If we get vaccinated, we can play an important part in helping manage the pandemic and show we have a heart for our fellow human beings.

Who do you have a heart for? Design your own poster here – for your favourite band, your favourite restaurant or your favourite person!

Posters can be designed in five different languages (including Romansh).