Last updated on 05.09.2022

Why vaccinate?

By receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you will…

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    protect yourself from potentially becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19.
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    avoid potential long-term debilitating effects of COVID-19 (post-COVID-19 condition).
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    become immune safely.
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    help relieve pressure on the people working in healthcare.
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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 the coronavirus making you seriously ill.

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. But with the current virus variants, the protection afforded by the initial immunisation rapidly declines.

A booster vaccination is recommended for anyone aged 12 years or older from 4 months after complete initial immunisation. The booster increases and extends protection against severe cases of COVID-19.

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. So the  key recommendations on hygiene and social distancing remain important if you wish to continue to protect yourself from infection.

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!

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.