Coronavirus: Vaccination

Everyone from age 5 can be vaccinated. Boosters with an mRNA vaccine are recommended for everyone aged 12 and over.

COVID-19 Vaccination Check

Use the COVID-19 Vaccination Check to find out whether and where you can get a COVID-19 vaccination or booster. According to the details you enter, you will be directed to the relevant point of contact in your canton, where you can register for your vaccination. Watch the video (in German, French or Italian) to find out just how easy the COVID-19 Vaccination Check is to use.

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Check

Where can I register for a vaccination?

Your canton is responsible for the vaccination. On your canton’s website you’ll find answers to the following questions: How is the vaccination organised? How can you register? There is a list of cantonal websites at foph-coronavirus.ch.

Or do the COVID-19 Vaccination Check. According to the details you enter, you will be directed to the relevant point of contact in your canton, where you can register for your vaccination.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Seven good reasons to get vaccinated:

  • You protect yourself from getting very sick with COVID-19.
  • You prevent potential long-term debilitating effects of COVID-19 (long COVID).
  • You get immunity the safe way.
  • You help relieve pressure on the people working in healthcare.
  • You help protect the people around you.
  • You enable us to be more relaxed in our social encounters and thus boost mental health.
  • You help curb the effects of the pandemic.

You’ll find detailed information in the Good Reasons to Get Vaccinated against COVID-19 fact sheet (PDF, 266 kB, 29.04.2022).

Who can get vaccinated?

Anyone from age 5 can be vaccinated. From January 2022, children aged from 5 to 11 have been able to be vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children.

Which vaccines are used and how?

Four vaccines are currently approved in Switzerland. Generally we recommend that you get vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna). These vaccines provide the best possible protection against COVID-19 disease and its potential consequences.

Are you over 18? In this case, if you can’t be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine for medical reasons or if you refuse mRNA vaccines, you can be vaccinated with Janssen’s vector vaccine or the protein vaccine from Novavax.

The following table gives an overview of the vaccines used in Switzerland and the number of vaccine doses required for initial immunisation.  

Full vaccination (initial immunisation)

I have recovered from COVID. Should I get vaccinated?

The vaccination is also recommended if you have recovered from COVID. You are protected from renewed infection for a certain period of time, but it is not clear how long for. We recommend that you have the vaccination within three months of infection to give you long-term protection. From 4 weeks after a confirmed coronavirus infection, one dose of vaccine is sufficient for initial immunisation. You do not have to have a second dose.

Was the infection more than three months ago? If so, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible. In this situation too, you only required one vaccine dose for initial immunisation.

There are exceptions for people at especially high risk. For more information about this please consult your doctor.

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

I am pregnant or trying for a baby. Can I get vaccinated?

We recommend the COVID-19 vaccination with an mRNA vaccine before or during pregnancy as pregnant women are much more likely to suffer severe symptoms than non-pregnant women of the same age. The risk of premature birth is also significantly increased if you catch coronavirus during pregnancy. Vaccination before or during pregnancy protects both you and your unborn child.

Are you trying for a baby? If so, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Are you already pregnant and didn’t get vaccinated before you got pregnant? If so, we recommend the vaccination from 12 weeks of pregnancy (i.e. from the 2nd trimester). In principle, it is possible to get vaccinated at an earlier stage of pregnancy.

If you’re pregnant or are trying for a baby and have questions on vaccination, talk to your doctor or midwife.

Can children and adolescents be vaccinated?

Vaccination of young people aged 12 and over

Vaccination is recommended for all young people aged 12 and over. The vaccination protects against frequent mild and very rare severe cases of COVID-19. It also helps to avoid the negative consequences of any protective measures and the consequences of frequent exposure (e.g. at school or in their 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 community institutions where there is a higher risk of infection and outbreaks of the disease.

Adolescents should preferably be vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.  

Vaccination of children from 5 to 11

Vaccination is recommended for children from age 5 to 11 whose parents or legal guardians wish them to have it on the basis of an individual risk assessment. You will find more information on this in the Fact sheet on the vaccination for children (PDF, 323 kB, 28.01.2022).

The recommendation applies particularly to:

  • Children with a chronic illness
  • Children who are close contacts (e.g. household members) of people at high risk, especially people with a weakened immune system.

The recommendation for children in the above-mentioned groups who have recovered from a confirmed coronavirus infection is only one dose of vaccine. No vaccination is currently recommended for any other children who have recovered from COVID-19.

This is a specially manufactured children’s vaccine. The dosage is lower than in the vaccine for people age 12 and over.

Who can receive a booster vaccination and when?

Booster vaccination

The booster is also recommended for pregnant women from the 2nd trimester and women who are breastfeeding.

You will find out how many vaccine doses are required for initial immunisation in the section Which vaccines are used and how?.

Have you got infected with the coronavirus after initial immunisation?

If you have had a confirmed infection with coronavirus after initial immunisation with an mRNA vaccine, the following applies:

  • If you got the infection within 4 months of initial immunisation, a booster vaccination is recommended 4 months after this infection.
  • If you got the infection more than 4 months after initial immunisation, generally no booster is necessary at the moment.

You can find out which COVID certificate you can obtain for recovery from COVID on the Where and how to get a COVID certificate page.

Where can I register for a booster vaccination?

The cantons are responsible for carrying out the booster vaccinations. If a booster vaccination is recommended for you, you can register for an appointment. Visit the website or call the Infoline for your canton to find out where you should register and where you can get vaccinated. Alternatively, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist. Or do the COVID-19 Vaccination Check and you’ll be directed to the appropriate point of contact in your canton.

Who covers the costs of the vaccination?

The costs of a COVID-19 vaccination are covered by compulsory health insurance. The costs that are not covered by health insurance are borne by the federal government and the cantons. This applies to both initial immunisation and the booster.

Do you have compulsory health insurance in Switzerland? Then the vaccination (initial immunisation and booster) free of charge for you. You don’t have to pay any deductible or copayment.

Do you not have compulsory health insurance in Switzerland? Then the COVID-19 vaccination (initial
immunisation and booster) is also free of charge for you in the following cases:

  • Your permanent or habitual place of residence is in Switzerland. (This applies, for example, to people who work for a diplomatic or consular representation or an international organisation, including members of their families, and to employees on secondment, students and retired people.)
  • You are a cross-border commuter. Please ask your employer for more information about how vaccinations are organised.
  • You are a Swiss citizen living abroad or an immediate family member (partner, child, parent, parent-in-law) living in the same household as the Swiss citizen living abroad.

For these groups the costs of the COVID-19 vaccination in Switzerland will be covered by the federal government.

The costs will not be covered if you are not in one of the groups listed above. This is the case, for example, for travellers from other countries such as tourists or business travellers. You should have the COVID-19 vaccination at your place of residence.

You will find more detailed information on the funding of the COVID-19 vaccination on the page for health professionals (in German, French and Italian).

How is the vaccination documented?

Every COVID-19 vaccination is documented. Below you’ll find information on the various possibilities for documenting the vaccination.

Proof of vaccination/vaccination record

At most vaccination locations, you will receive printed proof of vaccination from the healthcare professional after you have been vaccinated. This proof of vaccination lists the date and location of the vaccination, as well as information on the vaccine administered (trade name, manufacturer and batch number). At some vaccination locations, you can get the COVID-19 vaccinations entered directly in your vaccination record.

The proof of vaccination is a medical certificate and not an official document.

COVID certificate

Information is available on the COVID certificate page.

For which vaccines does Switzerland have a contract?

Statistics on the COVID-19 vaccination

You will find statistics on the COVID-19 vaccination at www.covid19.admin.ch.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Additional information

  • On the Infovac website (available in German, French and Italian) you will find information on the different vaccine types.
  • In the Swissmedic article “Prevention rather than cure” (in German) you will find information on the authorisation of vaccines in Switzerland.
  • On the Swissmedic website you will find a document describing the recommendations for the treatment of patients in clinical trials during the development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.
  • On the FCV website (available in German, French and Italian) you will find the catalogue of questions (analysis framework) used to decide whether a vaccine should be recommended.

Further information

Disease, symptoms, treatment

Information on Covid-19, the symptoms and the range of illness severity as well as the origin of the coronavirus

Last modification 13.06.2022

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