Coronavirus vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccination is recommended in autumn/winter for persons particularly at risk. Pregnant women can receive a vaccination after individual clarification. No COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all other people.

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Vaccination recommendation

Recommendation for persons particularly at risk

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended in autumn and winter for persons at especially high risk (BGP) ≥ 16 years of age. These include:

Advantages:

  • Persons aged 65 years and older
  • Persons aged 16 years and older with a chronic disease
  • Persons aged 16 years an older with trisomy 21

Recommended vaccinations are free of charge and covered by compulsory health insurance. Billing and remuneration are currently carried out as before via VacMe.

For pregnant women after individual consultation

For pregnant women without pre-existing conditions, vaccination is only recommended after an individual risk-benefit analysis with the attending physician.

For severely immunodeficient persons

For severely immunodeficient persons aged 16 years and older who have already been vaccinated, the recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination is the same as for BGP. No vaccination is recommended for children and adolescents <16 years of age who have already been vaccinated. In severely immunodeficient persons aged 5 years and older who have not yet been vaccinated, an anti-spike IgG antibody test should be performed first.

No recommendation for all other persons

COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended for all other persons. If COVID-19 vaccination is needed or wanted due to travel or for other reasons, this is still possible with payment.

The current vaccination recommendation of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Federal Commission for Immunisation Questions (EKIF) came into force on 2 October 2023.

Information on vaccination

Advantages:

  • The vaccination comprises a single vaccine dose and should be given no earlier than six months after the last COVID-19 vaccination or infection.
  • How many vaccine doses the person has already received does not matter. Vaccination is recommended with an mRNA vaccine adapted to XBB.1.5.
  • Other vaccinations with inactivated vaccines (such as the influenza vaccination) can well be given at the same time as, before or after a COVID-19 vaccination.

Where to vaccinate

Pharmacies

People aged 16 and over are vaccinated in pharmacies. When booking an appointment on the cantonal vaccination tool VacMe, they can also be selected as a vaccination centre. Pharmacies in the canton of Zurich that offer vaccinations are marked with the note «COVID-19» and can be found under the following link.

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Advantages:

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

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.

Medical practices

Doctors' surgeries also offer vaccinations. Contact your family doctor directly about this.

Centre for Traveller`s Health

People aged 16 and over can book an appointment at the University of Zurich's Centre for Traveller's Health at Hirschengraben 84 via their website or per phone 044 634 60 00.

What to bring to the vaccination appointment

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: strongly recommended, as certificates are no longer issued
  • Allergy sufferers with a history of severe reactions: medical certificate

Vaccination hotline: 0848 33 66 11

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 08.00–12.00 

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

Documentation of the vaccination

Take your vaccination card with you

As of 1 September 2023, COVID certificates will no longer be issued, as the operation of the Swiss certificate system has been discontinued. Therefore, take your personal vaccination card with you so that the vaccination can be entered there.

Your vaccinations are also still documented in the cantonal vaccination tool VacMe and you can download the certificate there. If you wish, you can also obtain a printed vaccination certificate from the vaccination centre.

Vaccines

The vaccines are licensed by Swissmedic and procured by the Confederation. 

Further information

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Contact

Gesundheitsdirektion - Impfung

Address

Stampfenbachstrasse 30
Postfach
8090 Zürich
Route (Google)

Phone

+41 84 833 66 11

Impfhotline

Email

info-corona@gd.zh.ch

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