Getting vaccinated against COVID-19

1. Overview

The SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to circulate and the vaccine continues to protect against severe forms of COVID-19, especially for vulnerable persons. In such cases, COVID-19 may cause complications and require extended hospitalisation, sometimes in intensive care. 

In Switzerland, vaccination against COVID-19 is a free decision for each individual.

Vaccination continues to give access to the COVID-19 certificate, which may be necessary to travel abroad to some countries.

For whom

Booster vaccination is possible for anyone aged 16 and over. It is possible but no longer recommended for healthy individuals aged 12-15 years.

Booster vaccination is recommended as a priority for people aged 65 or over, pregnant women and people aged 16 to 64 who are at high individual risk due to health problems (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart or lung disease, cancer, disease or immunosuppressive treatment). It is also recommended for health professionals and anyone in professional or private contact with vulnerable people.

Vaccination is not indicated during a COVID-19 infection: it is necessary to wait at least 4 weeks after the infection to be vaccinated.

People with seasonal, food or drug allergies can get vaccinated without contraindication. 
 

Where to get vaccinated

  • either in one of the vaccination centres
    • Primary vaccination (people not yet vaccinated) and booster vaccination;
    • Children, adults and immunosuppressed people 
    • mRNA vaccines (Moderna Spikevax® and Pfizer Comirnaty®) and non-mRNA vaccines (protein-based booster)
       
  • or in a pharmacy or a doctors' surgery
    • Booster vaccination only 
    • Moderna bivalent vaccine only
       
  • vaccination at home
    • People who have difficulty walking and getting around can be vaccinated by the mobile vaccination team of the Geneva home care institution (imad). All you have to do is ask your doctor.
    • For people living in a residential building for the elderly (IEPA), vaccination takes place on site.
Vaccination at the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) is currently reserved for immunosuppressed persons and for all persons who wish to receive a booster vaccination only with the protein-based vaccine Nuvaxovid®.

 

How to book an appointment

Plateforme en ligne onedoc
Booster shot autumn-winter 2022-23 in a pharmacy or general practioner: online registration 
Inscription en ligne COVID VAC
Primary vaccination or booster autumn-winter 2022-23 in a vaccination centre: online registration

Tutorials

If you are having problems with your registration, the tutorials below will help you sign up:

onedoc

Booster vaccination at a pharmacy or doctor's practice (GP):

Step by step guideline on how to register online using the onedoc platform 

COVID-Vac-Soignezmoi.ch

Primary vaccination or booster vaccination at a vaccination centre:

Step by step guideline on how to register on the COVID-Vac Soignezmoi.ch platform 

 

Assistance for people who are isolated, not at ease with computers or French

For people who have difficulty registering online and are unable to get help from a relative, there are several options for getting vaccinated:

People without legal status can be vaccinated without an appointment at the HUG vaccination centre or at the Plaza pharmacy. 

 


 

General information on vaccination

INFOVAC - The information platform on vaccinations in Switzerland (in French, German or Italian)

COVID-19 : Figures and vaccination campaign in Geneva

 

Cost

Vaccination is free of charge.

 

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The COVID Helpline will be operational until 23rd December 2022.
 

Do you have a question regarding vaccination?

 

Last updated
5 December 2022

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