Easy-to-read language: Information about the coronavirus vaccine

Where can you receive the vaccine?

Who can receive the vaccine?

Find out more about the coronavirus vaccine here.

The coronavirus vaccine is generally referred to as the Covid-19 vaccine.

Why do we have a coronavirus vaccine?

The vaccine protects people from being infected with the coronavirus.

Most people with coronavirus only have mild symptoms.
But there are some people who become seriously ill,
particularly people who are especially at risk.

These people may have to go into hospital.
Or die.

That is why we have a coronavirus vaccine.
To make sure that as few people as possible become seriously ill.
And fewer people die.

Where can you register to receive the vaccine?

You can register for the vaccine in your canton.
You can find information about how to do this on your canton's website.
Here is a list of all of the websites: LINK

Why should you get vaccinated?

Good reasons for getting
the coronavirus vaccination

You’re protecting yourself against the disease

The vaccination gives you good protection
against the disease.
It stops you from getting seriously ill.

You may still get ill.
If this happens, getting vaccinated means
you’re better protected.

  • You get less seriously ill.
  • You recover more quickly.

You’re protecting yourself
against the consequences of the disease

Even if you only had mild symptoms,
you may experience the consequences of the disease for a long time.
For example:

  • You are extremely tired and exhausted.
  • You cannot breathe easily when you exert yourself.
  • You cannot smell anything.

Vaccination provides better protection
against these types of consequences of the disease.

You’re helping hospitals and nursing staff

A lot of people with coronavirus have to be admitted to hospital.
These people are seriously ill
and need a lot of care
This means the nursing staff are extremely busy
and are exhausted.

It is important for
as few people as possible to catch coronavirus.
This will mean fewer people are admitted to hospital.
If you’re vaccinated,
you’re unlikely to have to be admitted to hospital.
This gives nursing staff more time.
It ensures everyone in hospitals receives good treatment.

People also have to be admitted to hospital for other reasons.
These include an accident
or cancer.

You’re protecting other people

If you’re vaccinated,
you infect fewer people.
This means fewer people get ill.
If you’re vaccinated, you’re protecting other people.
For example:

  • People who cannot be vaccinated.
    This may be because their body doesn’t tolerate the vaccine.
  • People in whom the vaccine is not as effective.
    This includes people who are ill and taking strong medications.

You’re helping life get back to normal soon

Everyone wants life to get back to normal.
It is therefore important that

  • a lot of people are vaccinated.
  • as few people as possible are ill.

Then, there will be fewer rules.
Which is good for everyone.

You can also download this information as a PDF here:

Who can receive the vaccine?

Every person aged 5 years and above can be vaccinated.

You can find information about this on the website of your canton.

Here is a list of all the websites: LINK

Booster vaccination

What is a booster vaccination?

The word is pronounced as follows:
Boo-ster vac-cin-a-tion (boo-stah vak-sin-ay-shun)
So far, people have received 2 vaccinations
against the coronavirus.
We should now all get a third vaccination.
This will make sure that everyone is better protected.
This third vaccination is the booster vaccination.  

Why do you need a booster vaccination?

The booster vaccination provides us with even
better protection against serious illness
And it protects us against
having to go to hospital.  

When do you need to get a booster vaccination?

We should get the booster vaccination
4 months after our 2nd vaccination.

Who can get a booster vaccination?

Everyone aged 12 and older can get a booster vaccination.

The booster vaccination is very important
for the following groups of people:

  • People aged 75 and over
  • Adults with Down’s syndrome
  • Adults with another serious illness,
    for example a heart disease or diabetes
  • Residents of old people’s homes and care homes
  • Nursing staff

Can pregnant women and breast-feeding women
get a booster vaccination?

Pregnant women who are in at least their second trimester
and breast-feeding women
can also get a booster vaccination.  

Where can you register to receive the booster vaccination?

You can register for the vaccine in your canton.
You can find information about how to do this on your canton’s website.
Here is a list of all of the websites: LINK
You can also ask your doctor.
You can also get vaccinated at your doctor’s practice.

Do you still have questions about the vaccines?

Then call this number: 0800 88 66 44
You can call this number between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m..

Last modification 25.01.2022

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