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Coronavirus: vaccinationFind out if and where you can get a Covid 19 vaccine or a booster with the Covid 19 vaccine check. You will be forwarded to the appropriate contact point in your canton according to your information and can register for the vaccination. Watch the video to learn how easy the Covid-19 vaccination check works.

Where can I register for vaccination?

Responsible for the vaccination is your canton. On the canton's website you can find answers to the following questions: How is the vaccination organized?? And how can you register? A list of cantonal websites can be found at

Or do the Covid-19 vaccination check. According to your information, you will be redirected directly to the appropriate contact point in your canton and can register for vaccination.

Why should I get vaccinated? You protect yourself against Covid-19 disease. A possible severe course. – You become immune in a safe way. – You help to reduce the number of illnesses. – You help fight the effects of the pandemic. – They avoid possible ongoing health limitations of covid-19 disease (long-term effects of covid-19). – They help to relieve the burden on the healthcare system. – You contribute to bringing back the freedoms of everyday life.

Who can be vaccinated?

All persons 5 years and older can be vaccinated. Children ages 5 to 11 can be vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNTech's childhood vaccine beginning in January 2022.

Which vaccines are used and how?

Four vaccines are currently approved in Switzerland. In general, we recommend vaccination with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna). These vaccines offer the best possible protection against Covid 19 disease and its possible consequences.

Are you over 18 years of age? Then you can be vaccinated with the vector vaccine from Janssen or with the protein vaccine from Novavax, if you cannot receive an mRNA vaccine for medical reasons or refuse mRNA vaccines. The following table shows an overview of the vaccines used in Switzerland. How many vaccine doses are needed for complete vaccination (basic immunization).

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Complete vaccination (basic immunization)

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Have you had a coronavirus infection? How many doses of vaccine are necessary in this case, you will learn in the section "I am recovered. Should I get vaccinated?".

To find out when you are considered fully vaccinated, see the section "When am I fully vaccinated??".

You can find out when you can receive a booster vaccination in the section "Who can receive a booster vaccination and when?".

I am recovered. Should I get vaccinated?

Vaccination is also recommended if you are recovering. You are protected against a new infection for a certain period of time after the infection. How long, is not known. Vaccination, you are better protected against infection. For long-term protection, we recommend vaccination within three months after infection. From 4 weeks after a confirmed coronavirus infection, one vaccination dose is sufficient. You can do without the second vaccination dose.

If the infection occurred more than three months ago? Then the vaccination should take place as soon as possible. Also in this situation you need only one vaccination dose for a complete vaccination.

Exceptions apply to persons at particular risk. Ask your doctor about it.

You can find information on booster vaccination in the section "Who can get a booster vaccination and when?".

I am pregnant or would like to become pregnant. Can I be vaccinated?

We recommend Covid-19 vaccination before or during pregnancy with an mRNA vaccine. Because severe courses of Covid-19 are much more common in pregnant women than in non-pregnant persons of the same age. In addition, the risk of premature birth is significantly increased if you become infected with the coronavirus during pregnancy. Vaccination before or during pregnancy protects you and the unborn child.

Are you planning to get pregnant? Then get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Are you already pregnant and have not had a vaccination before becoming pregnant? Then we recommend vaccination from 12 weeks of pregnancy (d. h. from the 2nd. pregnancy third). In principle, however, it is also possible earlier in pregnancy.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and have questions about vaccination, talk to your doctor or midwife. Can children. Have teenagers vaccinated?

Vaccination of adolescents 12 years and older

Vaccination is recommended for all adolescents 12 years of age and older. Vaccination can protect them against common mild. Very rare severe covid-19 disease protect. Likewise negative effects of measures (z.B. through isolation/quarantine) as well as the consequences of frequent exposure (z.B. in school/leisure time) can be avoided.

– Young people with a chronic illness

– Adolescents who have close contacts (z.B. Household members) of people who are particularly at risk, especially those with a weakened immune system are. – Young people living in community facilities with an increased risk of infection and outbreaks.

Adolescents are preferably vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine.

Vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years

The vaccine for children from Pfizer/BioNTech has been available since 10.12.Approved in Switzerland in 2021 for children over 5 years of age.

The recommendation applies in particular to:

– Children with a chronic illness – Children who have had close contacts (e.g.B. Household members) of people who are particularly at risk, especially those with a weakened immune system.

Children with a confirmed, passed coronavirus infection who belong to the above-mentioned groups of people are recommended only one vaccine dose. No vaccination is currently recommended for all other recovered children.

It is a specially produced children's vaccine. The dosage is lower than in the vaccine for people 12 years and older.

Who can receive a booster vaccination and when?

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The booster vaccination is also given to pregnant women from the age of 2 years. Pregnancy third and breastfeeding women recommended.

How many vaccine doses are necessary for the complete vaccination (basic immunization), you will find out in the section "Which vaccines are used and how?".

If you have been infected with coronavirus after complete vaccination (basic immunization)?

If infection with coronavirus has been confirmed after complete vaccination (basic immunization) with an mRNA vaccine, the following applies:

– In case of

Infection within 4 months after complete vaccination (basic immunization) a booster vaccination 4 months after this infection is recommended. – In case of a Infection more than 4 months after the complete vaccination (basic immunization) no booster vaccination is currently recommended.

Where can I register for a booster vaccination??

The cantons are responsible for providing the booster vaccinations. If a booster vaccination is recommended for you, you can register for it according to the offers in the cantons. Find out on the website or at the Infoline of your canton where you can register and get vaccinated. Or ask your doctor, pharmacist or pharmacist. Or take the Covid-19 vaccination checkup. You will be referred to the appropriate point of contact in your canton.

Who pays for the vaccination?

The cost of a Covid 19 vaccination is covered by mandatory health care insurance. Costs that are not covered by health insurance are borne by the federal government and the cantons. This applies to the basic immunization as well as to the booster vaccination.

Do you have a compulsory health insurance completed in Switzerland? Then the vaccination (basic immunization and booster) is for you free. You do not have to pay a deductible. Do not pay a deductible.

Do you have in Switzerland No compulsory health insurance completed? Then Covid 19 vaccination (basic immunization and booster) is also documented in the following cases free of charge:

– You have your domicile or habitual residence in Switzerland. (This concerns, for example, people who work at a diplomatic and consular mission or an international organization, as well as their family members, seconded employees, students or pensioners.) – you are a border crosser/border crosser. Please contact your employer to find out more about organizing the vaccinations. – you are a Swiss citizen living abroad or a close family member (such as your partner, children, parents, parents-in-law) living in the same household as the Swiss citizen living abroad.

The cost of Covid-19 vaccination in Switzerland is covered by the federal government for these groups of people.

The cost will be not covered, if you do not belong to any of the groups of people listed above. This is the case, for example, with travelers from other countries such as tourists or business travelers. Covid-19 vaccination should be given at your place of residence.

For detailed information on financing the Covid 19 vaccination, please visit the page for health professionals.

How the vaccination is documented?

Every Covid-19 vaccination is documented. Listed here is information on the different ways to document vaccination.

Vaccination certificate/card

At most vaccination centers you will receive a printed vaccination certificate from the specialist after vaccination. The vaccination certificate contains the place and date of vaccination as well as information about the administered vaccine (trade name, manufacturer, lot no., etc.).). At some vaccination centers, you can also have the Covid-19 vaccinations recorded in the vaccination certificate ("Impfbuchlein").

The vaccination certificate/card is a medical certificate and not an official document.

Covid certificate

Information can be found on the Covid certificate page.

When will I be fully vaccinated?

You are considered fully vaccinated with the following:

1. You have received two doses of the following vaccines:

– Comirnaty® from Pfizer/BioNTech – Spikevax® from Moderna – Vaxzevria® from AstraZeneca and other licensed products – Nuvaxovid® / NVX-CoV2373 from Novavax – SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine from Sinopharm – CoronaVac from Sinovac – COVAXIN®

2. You have received a vaccine dose of Janssen vaccine from Johnson& Johnson received.

3. You have had a confirmed coronavirus infection and have received a vaccine dose of a vaccine according to point 1 at least 4 weeks apart (regardless of sequence).

4. You have received a combination of the following vaccines:

– Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty® and Moderna's Spikevax® – AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria® and Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty® – AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria® and Moderna's Spikevax®

Indication: No time needs to elapse after the last scheduled dose of vaccine before you are considered fully vaccinated. Even if, from a medical standpoint, the expected vaccine protection occurs after approx. 1-2 weeks occurs. With the exception of the vector vaccine from Janssen. For this one you apply from the 22. day as fully vaccinated.

Yes, the definition of "fully vaccinated" has not changed. Booster vaccination is not included. However, fully vaccinated does not equate to optimally protected. Booster vaccination restores and prolongs vaccine protection. The booster vaccine will help protect you from severe Covid 19 disease for a longer period of time.

For which vaccines does Switzerland have contracts?

Vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech

Vaccine Name: Comirnaty®

Registration: 19. December 2020

Origin of manufacturer: USA and Germany

Vaccine type: mRNA vaccine

Dosage: two doses of vaccine

Efficacy: Protection against severe disease level 1 by 95%

Age Approval: from 5 years

Vaccine from Moderna

Vaccine Name: Spikevax ®

Approval: 12. January 2021

Origin of manufacturer: USA

Vaccine type: mRNA vaccine

Dosage: two vaccine doses

Efficacy: Protection against severe disease progression 1 around the 95%

Age approval: 12 years and older

How an mRNA vaccine, such as the one from Pfizer/BioNTech or from Moderna, works, you will learn in the film from Swissmedic.

Vaccine from Janssen

Vaccine Name: COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen®

Admission: 22. March 2021

Origin of manufacturer: Germany

Vaccine type: Vector vaccine

Dosage: One vaccine dose

Efficacy: Protection against severe disease progression 1 around 85%

Age approval: 18 years and older

Learn how a vector vaccine, such as Janssen's, works in this film from Swissmedic.

Vaccine from Novavax

Vaccine Name: Nuvaxovid ®

Approval: 13. April 2022

Origin of the manufacturing company: USA

Vaccine type: Protein vaccine

Dosage: two vaccine doses

Efficacy: Protection against severe disease progression 1 around the 90%

Age approval: 18 years and older

The vaccine is expected to be available in Switzerland during the second quarter of 2022.

To learn how a protein vaccine, such as the one from Novavax, works, see the film from Swissmedic.

1 These data refer to the pivotal clinical trials. Efficacy for new virus variants, such as z.B. Delta or Omikron, may differ from this.

AstraZeneca's vaccine

Vaccine Name: Open

Admission: Application for approval in Switzerland withdrawn

Origin of the manufacturing company: United Kingdom

Vaccine type: vector-based vaccine

Dosage: Open

Efficacy: Studies are taking place.

Age allowance: Open

How vaccines are procured, developed and licensed?

Vaccine procurement of Switzerland

The Confederation remains in discussion with various vaccine manufacturers. It follows several routes to obtain vaccines. Committed to it also at the international level. In addition, the federal government would like to procure different types of vaccines if possible. Alternatives to mRNA vaccines should also be available to the public. On the one hand, there are people who are allergic to the ingredients of mRNA vaccines and therefore cannot be vaccinated. Others prefer traditional vaccine type to innovative mRNA technology. The Swiss government would like to offer these people an alternative to protect themselves against Covid-19 as quickly as possible.

Contracts with vaccine manufacturers

The federal government has signed contracts with five vaccine manufacturers. If a vaccine is approved by Swissmedic, Switzerland receives the number of reserved vaccine doses based on the contract. The vaccine manufacturers deliver the reserved vaccine doses to Switzerland in a staggered manner over several months.

– Novavax: 6 million vaccine doses – Pfizer/BioNTech: 6 million vaccine doses for 2021 / 7 million for 2022 / 7 million for 2023

– AstraZeneca: 5.3 million vaccine doses – Moderna: 13.5 million vaccine doses for 2021 / 7 million for 2022 – Janssen: 150,000 vaccine doses in October 2021

Switzerland gets additional access to vaccines because it is a member of the COVAX program. Click on the link below for more information about the COVAX program.

In September 2020, Switzerland confirmed its participation in the COVAX program (Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility). Switzerland participates in the international COVAX program to provide access to vaccines for economically weaker countries. Likewise, participation can ensure the procurement of vaccines for 20 percent of the Swiss population.

The COVAX program is led by the vaccine alliance Gavi, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The goal is to enable equitable distribution of vaccines against the new coronavirus worldwide. As part of the Covid-19 fight, a global purchasing program for vaccines against the new coronavirus is thus being created for the first time, in which all countries can participate. A total of around two billion vaccine doses against Covid-19 are to be provided in the process.

Development of a vaccine

Developing and manufacturing vaccines is complex and costly. The requirements for quality, efficacy and especially safety are high. Therefore, the production of a vaccine must go through different phases of development. Only if one phase shows good results, the vaccine moves to the next phase of further development.

1. The vaccine is developed in the laboratory. Tested on animals.

2. Clinical phase

The clinical trial is divided into three phases:

Clinical Phase I:

A small number of healthy volunteers will be used for the first time to test how people react to the vaccine and how tolerable different doses are. Dosage means how often and with what quantity vaccination is given. In this phase, the first frequently occurring side effects can also be identified.

Clinical phase II:

In this phase, the vaccine is tested on several hundred volunteers. This shows whether the vaccine induces the desired immunity and which dosage is optimal. In addition, findings on the frequency. The severity of possible side effects collected.

Clinical Phase III:

Now the vaccine is being tested on several thousand volunteers. This phase shows whether the vaccine actually protects against the disease. In addition, rare side effects and risks will be identified. It is also checked for which age or population groups the vaccine can be used.

When the vaccine manufacturer submits a regulatory application, the next step is to review all available results of the clinical phases I – III checked by Swissmedic. If Swissmedic can confirm the efficacy, safety and quality of the vaccine, it grants marketing authorization for Switzerland.

Once a vaccine has been approved, a vaccination recommendation is ied for the population in collaboration with the Federal Commission for Vaccination Ies (EKIF). Vaccination is only recommended if the benefits in terms of prevented diseases and their complications outweigh the risks associated with vaccination many times over.

3. Follow-up studies (Phase IV)

Even after approval, vaccine manufacturers must follow up on safety, efficacy and quality. The manufacturers continuously check whether rare or serious side effects occur and report them to Swissmedic. The tolerability of the vaccine in population groups that were not included in previous studies is also being clarified.

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In Switzerland, Swissmedic is responsible for licensing and decides whether a vaccine is approved. If Swissmedic can confirm the efficacy, safety and quality of the vaccine, it grants marketing authorization for Switzerland.

What is a vaccination?

Vaccinations are the most effective protection against dangerous infectious diseases. They reduce the risk of infection-. Risk of illness of the vaccinated person. In addition, many vaccinations also protect against the transmission of the pathogens to other people. This indirectly protects unvaccinated persons as well.

Vaccination "introduces" the immune system to the causative agent of a disease without inducing the disease. This prepares the body's own defense system for the event of an emergency. In the event of subsequent contact with the pathogen, the defense system can quickly recognize it and render it harmless.

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