Coronavirus vaccination

Vaccination protects, relieves the burden on the health system and reduces the negative effects of the pandemic. This website provides all the information you need.

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Registration and appointment booking

Advantages:

  • Have your health insurance card ready.
  • After completing the registration, you will receive a six-digit code. Keep this code in a safe place. You will need it for booking appointments and as an admission ticket to the vaccination centre.

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Vaccination hotline canton of Zurich: 0848 33 66 11

Monday to Sunday: 07.00–23.00 

The vaccination hotline answers questions about the pandemic, vaccination and certificates. You can also get help here if you are unable to register online.

Tip: Avoid long waiting times and call during the week in the evening after 8 p.m. or at weekends.

Costs within Switzerland max. 0.08 francs/minute (exception: public payphones).

From 4 October 2021 the cantonal vaccination hotline will offer separate numbers for the listed languages at defined times.

Albanian: +41 44 244 54 41

Monday: 08.00–11.00, 17.00–20.00   

Tuesday: 17.00–20.00

Wednesday: 08.00–11.00, 17.00–20.00

Thursday: 17.00–20.00

Italian: +41 44 244 54 42

Monday: 08.00–11.00, 18.00–23.00

Tuesday: 08.00–11.00

Wednesday: 08.00–11.00, 18.00–23.00

Saturday: 08.00–11.00

Sunday: 08.00–11.00

Portuguese: +41 44 244 54 43

Monday: 09.00–11.00

Thursday: 09.00–11.00 

Friday: 09.00–11.00

Sunday: 09.00–11.00

Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian: +41 44 244 54 44

Monday: 19.00–23.00

Tuesday: 19.00–23.00

Wednesday: 19.00–23.00

Thursday: 19.00–23.00

Friday: 19.00–23.00

Saturday: 09.00–12.00, 19.00–23.00

Sunday: 09.00–12.00, 19.00–23.00

Spanish: +41 44 244 54 45

Tuesday: 08.00–11.00

Wednesday: 08.00–11.00

Vaccination with vector vaccine Janssen

People over the age of 18 can make an appointment for vaccination with the vaccine Janssen by Johnson & Johnson directly in the cantonal vaccination tool. Janssen will initially be vaccinated at the reference vaccination centre at Hirschengraben in Zurich. Only one dose needs to be administered and vaccination protection is given three weeks after vaccination. Accordingly, the certificate is valid on the 22nd day after vaccination.

Who can get vaccinated?

All Zurich residents aged 12 and over are eligible to book an appointment.

Depending on the availability of the vaccine, the Department of Health continuously releases appointments for booking. If no more appointments are available online, no appointments can be booked via the vaccination hotline either.

Information on the release of vaccination appointments is provided via the «Alertswiss» app and through the media.

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Vaccination recommended for all adolescents

Vaccination is recommended without reservations to all adolescents aged 12-15 years according to the adapted vaccination recommendation of the FOPH (26.08.2021). There is more data on the safety of vaccination of adolescents aged 12-17 years available from the USA (over 9 million Comirnaty vaccinated).

Vaccine Spikevax and Comirnaty approved for 12 years and older

In addition to the vaccine Comirnaty from Pfizer/BioNTech, the vaccine Spikevax from Moderna has now also been approved by Swissmedic for adolescents aged 12 and over. The Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is not approved for use from the age of 12; it may only be administered from the age of 18.

Vaccinations at three locations and in vaccination mobiles

Adolescents are vaccinated at the two vaccination centres in Winterthur and Uster and at the Children's Hospital in Zurich. They are also vaccinated in the vaccination mobiles that have been in use since the end of August.

Recommended accompaniment 

Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 who are to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the vaccination centre in Winterthur or Uster, must either be personally accompanied to the vaccination centre by a legal representative or bring the following declaration of consent, signed by the legal representative, to the vaccination centre.

It is recommended to accompany the children and adolescents to the vaccination centre.

Without accompaniment and declaration of consent 

Unaccompanied adolescents without a declaration of consent can only be vaccinated at the children's hospital. Their capacity to judge will be clarified there by a specialist in pediatrics before vaccination.

Appointment booking online

Adolescents who are accompanied to the vaccination by a legal representative or who bring a signed consent form from them can register for the vaccination via the cantonal vaccination tool.

Unaccompanied adolescents without a declaration of consent can also register for a vaccination appointment at the Children's Hospital via the cantonal vaccination tool.

Vaccination hotline in case of need for advice

In case of need for advice, the vaccination hotline should be contacted: +41 84 833 66 11. This hotline will provide initial information and, if necessary, arrange an appointment at the Children's Hospital. 

Vaccination of accompanying persons

Accompanying persons of the adolescents can be vaccinated on site - without prior appointment. They are asked to bring the following documents: official ID, health insurance card, any additional documents (e.g. medical certificate), any proof of COVID-19 disease.

Vaccination recommended for all pregnant women

Vaccination is recommended to all pregnant women after the 1st trimester (from 12 weeks of pregnancy) according to the adapted vaccination recommendation of the FOPH and the EKIF. In principle, however, it is also possible earlier in pregnancy. The recommended vaccination schedule with mRNA vaccines does not differ from that of the normal population. The Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is not recommended for pregnant women.

Benefits of vaccination clearly outweigh possible risks

Severe courses of COVID-19 are much more frequent in pregnant women than in non-pregnant persons of the same age. In addition, the risk of premature birth is significantly increased by infection with the coronavirus. Vaccination before or during pregnancy therefore protects the pregnant woman and the unborn child.

Based on increasing evidence on the efficacy and safety of vaccination in pregnant women, the clear benefit of vaccination has been shown in balance with the risks of disease and potential side effects of vaccination.

Written consent no longer necessary

With the adjustment of the recommendation, written consent of the pregnant woman willing to be vaccinated is no longer required for vaccination. A medical certificate is also no longer required for vaccination. With the exception of vaccination in a pharmacy, a doctor's prescription for the vaccination is here still required.

In principle, persons with severe immunodeficiency should consult their doctor before vaccination. The mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are recommended for vaccination, but not the Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

Administration of a third dose

In Persons with severe immunodeficiency, especially due to transplantation, autoimmune diseases or malignant diseases (e.g. leukaemia), and who are being treated with a severely immunocompromising therapy, antibody formation may be limited or absent after complete vaccination. Therefore, to provide the best possible protection for these particularly vulnerable individuals, the indication for a third dose of mRNA vaccine should be considered for this special group of severely immunocompromised patients.

According to current data, a third dose can improve protection in some of these patients. Which persons belong to this group and the exact vaccination recommendations can be found in the current vaccination recommendation of the FOPH.

Note

The attending physician makes an indication in this regard and registers the person for the third vaccination.

Allergy sufferers with a history of severe reactions must consult their doctor before vaccination. If you are allergic to any component of a vaccine, a doctor's certificate is required for vaccination at a vaccination centre.

If you have a confirmed allergy to mRNA vaccines and are at least 18 years old, you can be vaccinated with the Janssen vector vaccine from Johnson & Johnson at the Hirschengraben reference vaccination centre in Zurich from 11 October 2021. Appointments for this can be made via the attending physician and are possible from 6 October.

Advantages:

  • Vaccination is recommended within 3 months after confirmed infection and as soon as possible if the 3 months are already over.

Advantages:

  • Vaccination is possible from 4 weeks after confirmed infection.

Advantages:

  • Only one dose of the mRNA vaccine is recommended.

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  • The second vaccination will be deleted on the spot at the first vaccination date after checking for confirmed COVID-19 disease.

Advantages:

  • Recovered, unvaccinated immunodeficient persons particularly at risk should continue to receive two vaccine doses.

The costs for serological SARS-CoV-2 antibody analyses are currently not covered and the performance of such tests is not recommended. Accordingly, no antibody tests should be carried out either before or after vaccinations. This is mainly because antibody titres do not allow conclusions to be drawn about safe and lasting protection. Protection against COVID-19 is not based on antibodies alone, but primarily on the presence of memory cells. These cannot be detected by serology tests.

Booking appointments

The booking of vaccination appointments is done via the same vaccination tool as the registration. 

Advantages:

  • Select the vaccination location and book your vaccination appointments.
  • To change or cancel a vaccination appointment, please log in to the cantonal vaccination tool again using your e-mail address or your chosen username.
  •  If you register by telephone via the vaccination hotline, you can only book an appointment by telephone.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Advantages of getting vaccinated

The aim of vaccination is to provide the best possible protection for the population against COVID-19. The main benefits are the following:

Advantages:

  • With the vaccination, you protect yourself against a COVID-19 disease and a possible severe course.
  • You will also avoid possible lasting health restrictions of a COVID-19 disease (long-term consequences of COVID-19).
  • You get immunity the safe way.
  • As a vaccinated person, you help to reduce the number of diseases.
  • By getting vaccinated, you are helping to reduce the burden on the healthcare system.
  • You are helping to combat the effects of the pandemic.
  • As a fully vaccinated person, you are exempt from quarantine following close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a period of 12 months from the administration of the last required vaccination dose.

The more people get vaccinated in Switzerland and in the canton of Zurich, the faster we can return to normal life.

Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

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Vaccination progress

Here you can find the current status of vaccinations carried out in the canton of Zurich.

Documentation of the vaccination

Proof of vaccination / Vaccination record

Your vaccinations are documented in the cantonal vaccination tool, and you can download the proof of vaccination there. If you wish, you can also obtain a printed proof of vaccination from the vaccination centre. 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). If you have one, bring your vaccination record (»vaccine booklet”) with you to both vaccination appointments to have the COVID-19 vaccinations entered there as well.

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

Where can I get vaccinated?

In the canton of Zurich you can choose between different locations for vaccination: 

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Vaccination appointments are still available at the following vaccination centres:

Advantages:

  • Vaccination centre EBPI Zurich
  • Vaccination centre Triemli Zurich
  • Vaccination centre Winterthur
  • Vaccination centre Uster
  • Vaccination centre Affoltern

In the vaccination centres Winterthur, Uster, Triemli and EBPI Zurich as well as at the Children's Hospital Zurich, 12- to 15-year-olds are also vaccinated.

When booking an appointment, the vaccination centre can be selected. All vaccination centres also offer appointments without pre-booking. Information on opening hours and walk-in offers can be found on the websites of the vaccination centres.

Around 60 pharmacies are also part of the close-knit network of vaccination facilities. When booking an appointment on the registration platform, these can be selected as a vaccination site. People aged 16 and over are vaccinated at the pharmacies.

Under the following link you will find the pharmacies in the canton of Zurich that offer vaccinations. They are marked with the note «COVID-19».

In order to bring vaccination even closer to the people, vaccination mobiles are also used. The Departement of Health provides mobile vaccination facilities to municipalities, educational institutions, associations and businesses.

These vaccination mobiles can be requested for targeted events to promote vaccination. Personnel, materials and vaccines are provided free of charge by the canton of Zurich. In general, people aged 12 and over are vaccinated.

The vaccination tram offers another vaccination option. From 14 September 2021, it will serve two stops per day in the city of Zurich. The vaccination tram is open to anyone over the age of 12.

You will need to present the following for being vaccinated:

Advantages:

  • Six-digit code (printed out or as a QR code), provided you have registered in advance in the cantonal vaccination tool.
  • Health insurance card
  • Official identity card
  • Vaccination card (optional)
  • Allergy sufferers with a history of severe reactions: medical certificate
  • Pregnant women: a doctor's prescription at pharmacies
  • Persons with a history of COVID-19: laboratory confirmation (PCR test, rapid antigen test or antibody test)
  • Unaccompanied 12- to 15-year-olds: declaration of consent from a legal representative (exception: children's hospital).

The personal details as well as the place of residence will be checked at the reception.

About the vaccines and how they work

The vaccines are procured by the federal government; three are currently approved. Currently, there is no choice for the mRNA vaccines. At the vaccination location you will be informed about the vaccine administered. Persons aged 18 and over who refuse mRNA vaccine and have not yet been vaccinated can make an appointment for vaccination with the Janssen vector vaccine at the Zurich Reference Vaccination Centre directly in the cantonal vaccination tool from 18 October.

Further information on vaccination with regard to procurement, approval, way of working, safety, and risks:

AERZTEFON Medical hotline

+41 80 033 66 55  (around the clock)

 

COVID-19 vaccination infoline (FOPH)

+41 80 088 66 44 (every day from 6am - 11pm)

 

Contact

Gesundheitsdirektion – Impfung

Address

Stampfenbachstrasse 30
Postfach
8090 Zürich
Route (Google maps)

Phone

+41 84 833 66 11

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