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?

Six 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 enable us to be more relaxed in our social encounters and thus boost mental health.
  • You help curb the effects of the pandemic.

Who can get vaccinated?

Anyone from age 5 can be vaccinated.

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 currently offer the best possible protection against severe illness 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. We recommend that you have the vaccination to give you better and longer-term protection. If possible, get vaccinated within three months after being infected. From 4 weeks after a confirmed coronavirus infection, one dose of vaccine is sufficient for initial immunisation.

Was the infection more than three months ago? If so, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible. In this situation too, you only require 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 section Who can receive a booster vaccination and when?.

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. In addition, an infection may increase the risk of premature birth. 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 also 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 leisure time).

The recommendation applies in particular to

  • adolescents with a chronic illness
  • 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-benefit assessment.

The recommendation applies particularly to:

  • Children with a chronic illness

Children in the above-mentioned group who have recovered from a confirmed coronavirus infection are recommended to have 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 is recommended to have 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 been infected with the coronavirus after initial immunisation?

If you have had a confirmed infection with coronavirus after initial immunisation with an mRNA vaccine, it is recommended to have a booster from 4 weeks after this infection. In addition, at least 4 month must have elapsed since your last vaccination.

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 is recommended to have an additional booster?

At the moment the following groups of people can have an additional booster vaccination:

  • People age 80 and over
  • People whose immune system is severely weakened because of illness or medication

An additional booster can be given from four months after the last vaccination. Have you been infected with Omicron since your last vaccination?

Given that the Omicron infection hasn’t significantly increased your immune response, we recommend that you have an additional booster vaccination despite the infection. You can have the vaccination from 4 weeks after the infection. In addition, at least 4 months must have elapsed since your last vaccination.

Want to register for an additional booster? You’ll find information on registration in the section Where can I register for a booster vaccination?.

In line with the current science, from autumn 2022 we recommend that essentially everyone else aged 16 and over should have an additional booster. This recommendation is addressed particularly to people in vulnerable groups, in other words those over age 65 and individuals whose health is at greater risk, for example because of a specific existing condition or pregnancy. According to the latest evidence, for people aged between 16 and 64 with no risk factors, the risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19 this autumn is low. They are recommended to have a booster vaccination in autumn 2022 if they wish to somewhat reduce the individual risk of infection and mild disease (only limited protection to be expected) for personal and/or professional reasons (e.g. people working in organisations or companies with essential infrastructural tasks).

The precise timing of the administration of the booster in autumn and the precise details of the recommendation have not yet been determined. They will be influenced by various factors that are not yet known.

You will find more information in the FAQ Who is recommended to have an additional booster?

Who covers the costs of the vaccination?

The costs of a recommended 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 the initial immunisation and also to the (first) booster.

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

If, for travel purposes, you want a further booster not currently recommended, the costs will not be covered.  In this case you must pay for the vaccination yourself. Find out more in the FAQ Can I get another booster for travel?.

Even if you do not have compulsory health insurance in Switzerland the recommended COVID-19 vaccination (initial
immunisation and booster) is 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 posted workers, 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 GermanFrench 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 indicates the date and location of the vaccination, as well as providing information on the vaccine administered (trade name, manufacturer and batch number). At some vaccination locations, you can have 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

Procurement contracts for COVID-19 vaccines

Contracts for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines are disclosed here once negotiations with the manufacturers have been concluded.

Last modification 12.09.2022

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