3. Priority groups for vaccination
The order of access to vaccination depends on the degree of priority of each population group and on the number of doses received by the canton. Vaccine doses are made available to the cantons by the Confederation in a quantity proportionate to their population and according to the orders placed with suppliers.
Regardless of the population group to which you belong, access to vaccination will apply to the following 4 categories of people:
- persons residing in the canton of Geneva,
- cross-border commuters with basic health insurance (LAMal scheme),
- cross-border commuters working in a Geneva health institution as a health professional,
- and cross-border commuters working in international organisations with expatriate status.
1) Current priority groups for vaccination
(2) Adults with high vulnerability criteria,1 regardless of their age, may also register online, provided that they have requested and received a certificate for priority vaccination2 from their general practitioner (GP).
These illnesses are listed by the Federal office of public health (FOPH) as following: high blood pressure; cardiovascular illnesses; diabetes; chronic respiratory illnesses; cancer; illnesses and treatments that weaken the immune system; severe obesity; liver diseases and cirrhosis of the liver with a precedent of decompensation (ascites).
For more details: Disease definitions for people with chronic high-risk diseases - FOPH Table 2 of vaccination recommendations for mRNA vaccine against COVID19 (available in French only).
Before registering, adults with high vulnerability criteria must obtain a certificate for priority vaccination from their general practitioner proving that they have priority access for vaccination against COVID-19. This certificate is mandatory and may be obtained without an appointment, by simply calling their doctor. It can be handed over to a relative or sent directly to the person concerned, by post or e-mail.
People registering for vaccination must keep this certificate at hand and present it at the vaccination centre during their first appointment. Without this document, they will not be able to attend their vaccination appointment.
(3) Healthcare workers in contact with high-risk people are eligible to be vaccinated.
According to the FOPH, this concerns primarily staff working in nursing homes for the elderly (including support members of the civil defence, civil service and military personnel momentarily engaged to work in these homes) and in hospitals (intensive care and intermediate care units, services for patients with COVID-19, and emergency services).
Secondly, this concerns health personnel working in homes for handicaped persons and in hospital services such as geriatrics and neurology and/or with a high proportion of vulnerable people at high risk (severely immunosuppressed/oncological/transplant patients).
2) Soon to be priority population groups
- Healthcare personnel working in hospitals in other services (including rehabilitation clinics) or in homecare and doctors' surgeries; military health personnel (other than emergency services), health personnel working in dental surgeries, in outpatient therapy (physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic), outpatient midwives; persons working in outpatient occupational therapy or speech therapy or in pharmacies; medical technicians in direct contact with patients.
- Persons aged 65+, regardless of their state of health.
- Persons in close contact with vulnerable persons (adult members of the same household, carers, partners, flatmates, housekeepers, au pairs, etc.).
- Adults in community structures with an increased risk of infection and outbreaks (hostels, institutions for people with disabilities, psychiatric and psychosomatic clinics, federal centres and cantonal collective accommodation centres for asylum seekers, detention facilities,...).