COVID-19 - How to protect yourself and others

7. Children, school and COVID-19

Since the beginning of their implementation, it was specified that prevention measures in schools would last only as long as was strictly necessary. Today, we know that children are not at risk, even with the Omicron variant. When they do become infected, they very rarely have severe infections and thus do not create a hospital overload. Furthermore, the most effective protection against COVID-19 infection is vaccination, which is freely available for all persons from the age of 5. 

At present, there are no special measures in schools. In case of symptoms, it is the general state of health of the pupil that counts, as for adults. In case of a positive test, if the general condition allows it, the pupil can continue to go to school. It is then recommended to wear a mask from the age of 12 and to limit contact, especially with vulnerable people. In case of serious signs or concern, it is recommended to contact the paediatrician or the emergency room.

 

Camps with sleeping accommodation

Following the announcements of the Federal Council, effective as of 17th February 2022, camps with or without accommodation are no longer subject to any restrictions and it is no longer necessary to draw up a protection plan.

Moreover, as of 1st April 2022, no isolation measure applies for people who test positive for Covid-19 and it is no longer mandatory to wear a mask on public transport in Switzerland. 

However, the regulations of the canton where the camp is taking place must be respected. 

Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that the camp organiser should provide all persons with the opportunity to disinfect their hands upon arrival, ensure that all surfaces are regularly cleaned and that regular and frequent ventilation of enclosed spaces is guaranteed.

Vaccination

Vaccination is recommended to all persons from the age of 12 by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the cantonal doctor's office, including the booster dose.

Vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years old is authorised in Switzerland. In the canton of Geneva, children from the age of 5 may be vaccinated since 4th January 2022.

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Last updated
25 September 2022

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