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

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  • 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.

Vaccination hotline: 0848 33 66 11

Monday to Sunday: 08.00–20.00 (German, English, French)

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

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

Booster vaccination

Appointment booking by invitation

Persons aged 12 and over who are resident in the canton of Zurich will be contacted personally by the Department of Health via SMS or letter and invited to book an appointment, if

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  • they have been fully vaccinated for four months and
  • they are registered in the cantonal vaccination tool VacMe.

The booster vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy can be arranged via the cantonal vaccination tool or the vaccination hotline 0848 33 66 11. Since 8 February 2022 walk-ins are also possible. 

Booster vaccinations are also offered in doctor's surgeries. Contact your family doctor for this.

Note for people recovered from COVID-19

For persons who had a basic immunisation and an infection > 4 months later, this infection counts as a booster, so that in principle no booster vaccination is recommended for the time being. In individual cases, a booster vaccination may be recommended for persons at particular risk and particularly exposed persons (e.g. health care workers) if this infection occurred > 4 months ago.

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Persons aged 16 years and older

A booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech is recommended from four months after a complete vaccination (basic immunisation) for all persons aged 16 years and older.

Persons from 12 to 15 years 

As of 21 January 2022, the Federal Commission for Immunisation Issues (EKIF) and the FOPH have also extended their recommendation to include adolescents aged 12 to 15. The mRNA vaccine Comirnaty from Pfizer/BioNTech is recommended for their booster vaccination, also from four months after basic immunisation. 

Adolescents are vaccinated in the vaccination centres Winterthur, the reference vaccination centre EBPI Zurich as well as at the Children's Hospital Zurich. Minors with capacity can decide for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated. It is assumed that they have the capacity to judge. However, the Department of Health recommends that adolescents be accompanied to the vaccination by a legal guardian.

Unaccompanied adolescents must bring the following declaration of consent from a legal representative:

Off-label earlier than 6 months

All booster vaccinations given before six months have elapsed after the basic immunisation are considered «off-label», as there is no authorisation from Swissmedic for them. Therefore, persons willing to be vaccinated must sign a corresponding consent at the vaccination site.

In principle with the same vaccine

In principle, the booster vaccination should be given with the same mRNA vaccine as the primary and secondary vaccination, although with Moderna only half the dose needs to be injected. If this is not possible, the booster vaccination can also be carried out with the respective other mRNA vaccine in the form of an «off-label use» after medical consultation.

Recommendation for people under 30

Persons under 30 years of age are preferably recommended to receive the booster vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Booster vaccination after basic immunisation with Janssen

Persons aged 18 years and older who have been vaccinated with a dose of the vector vaccine Janssen at least four months ago are recommended a booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine. This is an «off-label use», as there is no authorisation from Swissmedic for this, but there is a recommendation from the EKIF.

Persons aged 18 and over who were vaccinated with one dose of Janssen less than four months ago are recommended to supplement the basic immunisation with one dose of mRNA vaccine at a minimum interval of 28 days after the 1st vaccination dose (also «off-label use»). The recommended booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine should take place at the earliest four months after this supplement to the basic immunisation.

Explicitly only persons aged 18 years and older who cannot be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine for medical reasons or who refuse mRNA vaccines are recommended a further (2nd dose) with the Janssen vaccine at the earliest two months after completion of the basic immunisation.

COVID certificate

The booster vaccination is also free of charge. After the booster vaccination, a new COVID certificate can be issued for a period of twelve months (from 31.01.2022 the certificate is only valid for 270 days).

Since 24 January 2022, all persons aged 12 and over in the canton of Zurich whose basic immunisation took place four months ago will be contacted directly by SMS or letter and invited to book an appointment for booster vaccination. 

Vaccination centres

The following cantonal vaccination centres offer booster vaccination with both mRNA vaccines:

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  • Winterthur
  •  Zurich reference vaccination centre at Hirschengraben

12 to 15 year olds are vaccinated in the vaccination centre Winterthur and in the reference vaccination centre EBPI in Zurich as well as at the Children's Hospital Zurich.

Please refer to the websites of the vaccination centres for detailed operating hours. 

In order to avoid waiting times, it is advised to book an appointment in advance via the cantonal vaccination tool VacMe or the vaccination hotline 0848 33 66 11. However, walk-ins are also possible.

Pharmacies

Numerous pharmacies in the canton of Zurich also administer booster vaccinations. Here too, appointments can be booked via the cantonal vaccination tool VacMe or the vaccination hotline. Walk-ins are at some pharmacies possible.

Medical practices

Doctor's surgeries also offer booster vaccinations. Contact your family doctor directly for this.

Who can get vaccinated?

Everyone from age 5 can be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine.

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Recommendation

The EKIF published a recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to eleven years on 14 December 2021: Vaccination is recommended for children aged five to eleven years whose parents or legal guardians wish them to have it based on the individual risk-benefit assessment for their child. The recommendation is based on the authorisation by Swissmedic of the Comirnaty® mRNA vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech for children aged between five and eleven.

The recommendation for vaccination applies particularly to children who

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  • already have a severe health burden due to a chronic disease. This is to prevent, if possible, any additional illness or infection, such as in the case of a severe neuro-muscular disease.
  • are close contacts (household members) of persons who cannot protect themselves sufficiently with the vaccination, e.g. due to immunodeficiency.

For children with a confirmed coronavirus infection who belong to the above-mentioned two groups, only one vaccination dose is recommended. No vaccination is currently recommended for all other recovered children.

Vaccination in three vaccination centres and in paediatric practices

Children are vaccinated at the reference vaccination centre EBPI in Zurich, at the University Children's Hospital Zurich and at the vaccination centre in Winterthur. Registration can be made via the cantonal vaccination tool. In addition, some paediatrician's practices vaccinate. Ask your paediatrician directly about this.

Vaccination only when accompanied

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 must be accompanied by a legal guardian for vaccination.

Vaccination hotline for advice

If you need special advice, please contact the vaccination hotline on 0848 33 66 11. The hotline will provide initial information and make an appointment if necessary.

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 EKIF and 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

Adolescents are vaccinated at the vaccination centre in Winterthur and at the reference vaccination centre EBPI in Zurich as well as at the Children's Hospital in Zurich. 

Recommended accompaniment 

Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 who are to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the above mentioned vaccination centres (except Children's Hospital) 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.

In very rare cases, inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium was observed shortly after vaccination, mostly in young men. In the vast majority of cases, these were mild and could be treated well. Typical symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath and palpitations.

In people under 30 years of age, such inflammations were observed more frequently after vaccination with the Moderna vaccine. Therefore, vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is preferably recommended for people under 30 years of age. Inflammation of the heart muscle or pericardium is much more common after infection with coronavirus than after vaccination with Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. The benefits of COVID 19 vaccination clearly outweigh any possible risks, even in people under 30 years of age. The risk of a severe side effect from the vaccination is thus much smaller than the risk of becoming seriously ill after an infection with the coronavirus.

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.

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

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  • Vaccination is possible from 4 weeks after confirmed infection.

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  • 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.
  • An infection within four weeks of the first vaccination is considered equivalent to a second vaccination, which is why a second vaccination will no longer be necessary.

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

Antibody tests should not be routinely carried out either before or after vaccinations. This is because antibody titres do not allow any conclusion to be drawn about reliable 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 with serology.

However, in an unvaccinated person the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies (IgG), if already done for other reasons, can be used as confirmation of infection. This means that this person then needs a single vaccination dose. If antibodies (IgG) against the nucleocapsid of SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in a vaccinated person, it can be assumed that the person has been infected, since these antibodies cannot result from an immune reaction to vaccination. If these antibodies against the nucleocapsid are detected before the second vaccination, e.g. due to an undesired severe vaccination reaction after the first vaccination, this allows the second vaccination to be dispensed with.

The costs for serological SARS-CoV-2 antibody analyses are currently not covered.

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. Vaccination protection is given three weeks after vaccination. Accordingly, the certificate is valid on the 22nd day after vaccination.

Recommended supplementary vaccination with mRNA vaccine after one to three months

People who were vaccinated with one dose of Janssen less than four months ago are recommended to supplement the basic immunisation with one dose of mRNA vaccine at a minimum interval of 28 days after the 1st vaccination dose («off-label use»).

Recommended booster vaccination with mRNA vaccine after four months

The recommended booster vaccination with an mRNA vaccine should be given at the earliest four months after this supplement to the basic immunisation.

Explicitly only persons aged 18 years and older who cannot be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine for medical reasons or who refuse mRNA vaccines are recommended to receive a further (2nd dose) with the Janssen vaccine at the earliest two months after completion of the basic immunisation.

Booking appointments

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

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  • 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:

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  • 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.

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:

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  • vaccination centre EBPI Zurich
  • vaccination centre Winterthur

5- to 11-year-olds are vaccinated at the vaccination centre in Winterthur, at the reference vaccination centre EBPI in Zurich and at the Children's Hospital Zurich.

12- to 15-year-olds are vaccinated at the vaccination centre in Winterthur and the reference vaccination centre EBPI in Zurich as well as at the Children's Hospital Zurich. 

When booking an appointment, the vaccination centre can be selected. The vaccination centres also offer appointments without pre-booking. To avoid waiting times, it is nevertheless recommended to book an appointment in advance via the cantonal vaccination tool or the vaccination hotline 0848 33 66 11. Information on opening hours and walk-in offers can be found on the websites of the vaccination centres.

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».

You will need to present the following for being vaccinated:

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  • 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. 

For further information on vaccination with regard to procurement, approval, way of working, safety, and risks please refer to the following links:

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)

Phone

+41 84 833 66 11

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