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

If you are unable to register online, you can get help here:

+41 84 833 66 11 (7 am to 11 pm)

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

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 Health Department 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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Recommendation of vaccination 

The COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty® from Pfizer/BioNTech) has been approved in Switzerland for 12- to 15-year-olds since 4 June 2021.

Vaccination is recommended for adolescents aged 12 to 15 years who wish to be vaccinated in order to protect themselves against frequently occurring mild and very rarely occurring severe COVID-19 diseases as well as against indirect individual consequences of the disease (e.g. through isolation/quarantine). This recommendation applies especially to adolescents:

  1. who are already severely impaired due to a chronic disease, in order to prevent any additional disease/infection to the extent possible
  2. who live together with immunosuppressed persons who are particularly at risk.

Vaccination centres and recommended accompaniment 

Children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 who are to receive the Covid-19 vaccine (mRNA vaccine: Biontech/Pfizer) at the vaccination centre in Winterthur, Messe Zürich or Uster, must either be personally accompanied to the vaccination centre by a legal representative or bring 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 all other cases, for example in the event of pre-existing conditions or a special 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. If it is determined there that the vaccination can be carried out, this will subsequently be done on site if desired.

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.

Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, allergic persons with a history of severe reactions and persons with severe immunosuppression must consult their physician before vaccination. If you suffer from an allergy to any component of the vaccine, you will also need a medical certificate for vaccination at a vaccination centre.

Breastfeeding mothers can get vaccinated after consulting their physician without a medical certificate or written confirmation of consent.

During pregnancy, vaccination is recommended for pregnant women with chronic diseases (people at especially high risk) or with a particularly high risk of infection. In addition, it is now possible for all pregnant women to be vaccinated. However, vaccination should not take place in the first trimester.

A prerequisite for vaccinating a pregnant woman is a careful risk-benefit assessment, a medical explanation individually adapted to the pregnant woman, a medical certificate, and the written consent of the pregnant woman, which must be attached to the medical certificate. This attachment must be declared by the physician on the medical certificate.

From 7 June 2021, pregnant women will only be vaccinated at vaccination centres upon presentation of a certificate and written consent. For vaccination at a pharmacy, pregnant women must bring a physician's prescription for the vaccination in addition to the certificate and written consent.

Advantages:

  • Vaccination only six months after confirmed disease;
  • Vaccination is possible at the earliest four weeks after confirmed disease;
  • Only one dose of the mRNA vaccine;
  • Second vaccination appointment will be cancelled on site at the first vaccination appointment after verification of confirmed COVID-19 disease.

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. Appointments are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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:

  • Vaccination reduces the number of severe courses of the disease and deaths.
  • Vaccination helps to maintain capacity in hospitals and retirement and care homes and prevent staff shortages.
  • Vaccination reduces the negative social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Those who have been fully vaccinated are exempt from quarantine following close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for an initial period of six months from the administration of the last required vaccination dose.
  • Fully vaccinated persons are exempt from Swiss entry measures: They do not have to fill out the entry form, show a negative test result or be quarantined.
  • Fully vaccinated persons do not have to practice social distancing or wear a mask when meeting other fully vaccinated persons in private.

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.

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?

The vaccination location can be selected when booking the appointment. Both vaccinations are administered at the same vaccination location. Some vaccination centres and pharmacies also offer walk-in appointments.

At the vaccination centre

Since April, eleven vaccination centres are available for the general population in the canton of Zurich. They have been set up in cooperation with the regional hospitals. They are aimed at the mobile population from the age of 16. In the vaccination centres Messe Zurich, Winterthur and Uster as well as at the Children's Hospital Zurich, 12- to 15-year-olds will also be vaccinated from June 28, 2021.

Closures

Because less capacity is needed for the next phase of the vaccination campaign, the number of vaccination centres will be reduced beginning in August 2021. The reference vaccination centre at Hirschengraben in Zurich and the vaccination centres in Uster and Winterthur will remain in operation. The Affoltern and Bülach vaccination centres will operate until the end of September. At the end of August, the vaccination centres in Dietikon, Horgen, Messe Zürich and Triemli will close. Anyone wishing to be vaccinated at these four centres must still make an initial appointment in July so that the second vaccination can take place in August. Due to low demand, the vaccination centres in Wetzikon and Meilen are already no longer offering initial vaccinations and will close on August 6 (Wetzikon) and August 13 (Meilen).

At the pharmacy

Pharmacies can also be selected as vaccination locations when booking appointments on the registration platform. The pharmacies are aimed at the mobile population aged 18 and over.

Vaccination mobiles

Flexible vaccination mobiles are also expected to be in use from mid-August. These vaccination mobiles will be bookable by municipalities and companies in order to be able to vaccinate the population or employees as easily as possible on site. The Health Department will inform about the details of this offer in due course.

About the vaccines and how they work

The vaccines are procured by the federal government; two are currently approved. Currently, you cannot choose between vaccines.

You will be informed about the vaccine administered at the vaccination location.

For persons aged 12 to 17 years, only the vaccine Comirnaty by Pfizer/BioNTech is approved. It is ensured that those in this age group who wish to be vaccinated are vaccinated with Comirnaty.

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
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Phone

+41 84 833 66 11

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