3. Priority groups for vaccination

In Geneva, all persons aged 16 years+ may register on the COVID-19 vaccination platform even if they are not yet part of a priority vaccination group.

Access to vaccination depends, on the one hand, on the critera of residence and/or health insurance coverage. On the other hand, prioritisation for each target group is  based on three criteria : age or vulnerability or professional occupation.

The order of access to vaccination appointments depends also on the number of doses received by the canton. Vaccine doses (Pfizer and Moderna) are made available to the cantons by the Confederation in a quantity proportionate to their population and according to the orders placed with suppliers.

 

1) Criteria of residence and/or health insurance coverage

Any person who falls into one of the 4 categories of residence and health insurance mentioned above and who wishes to register on the vaccination platform can do so.

  • If he/she belong to one of the target groups for which vaccination is open (see below), an appointment will be promptly allocated as soon as a place becomes available.
  • All other people will be contacted again as soon as the vaccination campaign is opened to their target group.

Regardless of the population group to which you belong, access to vaccination will apply to the following 4 categories of people: 

  1. persons residing in the canton of Geneva,
  2. cross-border commuters with basic health insurance (LAMal scheme),
  3. and cross-border commuters working in international organisations with expatriate status,
  4. cross-border commuters working in a Geneva health institution as a health professional (vaccination may be done at their workplace or in a vaccination centre in which case a priority certificate will be required).
During your first appointment, you will be asked to provide proof of your residence status in Geneva or, if you do not reside in Geneva, to provide proof that you belong to one of the above-mentioned categories and that you can be vaccinated in Geneva.

 

Mandatory documents to be presented at the vaccination centre at the first appointment:

Persons who reside in Geneva and who have taken out a basic LAMal health insurance scheme: Identity and insurance card
Persons who are cross-border commuters and who have taken out a basic LAMal health insurance scheme: Identity and insurance card
Persons who are cross-border commuters working in international organisations with an expatriate status: Identity and international legitimation card
In all cases, for all adults aged under 45 years with high vulnerability criteria:  Certificate of priority vaccination (vulnerability)

 

2) Priority target groups for vaccination

In Geneva, only the people who currently have priority for vaccination against COVID-19, who meet all the required conditions and who come to their first vaccination appointment with all the required documents, will have access to the vaccination centres.

All other persons will be denied access by the vaccination centre.

If you do not currently have priority for vaccination and you try to bypass the mandatory requirements and procedures, your vaccination appointment will be void and lost, thus possibly delaying the vaccination of a highly vulnerable person for whom it is vital to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

If you are in one of the priority groups, have already registered for  vaccination and have received an SMS confirming your registration, you do not need to re-register. Please be patient. You will receive a notification of your vaccination appointment by sms as soon as a place becomes available.

People who have had COVID-19 are advised to wait 6 months* after the first symptoms appeared before getting vaccinated. They can seek advice from their general physician.
* Initially set at 3 months, this period has been increased to 6 months according to a FOPH directive of 13 April 2021.

 

In Geneva, the current priority groups for vaccination against COVID-19 are the following:
 

a) Persons aged 45+

Since 12th April 2021, all persons aged 45 years and over have access to vaccination.

 

b) Persons under the age of 45 years with high vulnerability criteria related to at least one chronic illness

Since 23rd February 2021,persons under the age of 45 years, with high vulnerability criteria related to at least one chronic illness, regardless of their age, have access to vaccination provided that they provided they meet the "vulnerability criteria" AND that they have requested and received a certificate for priority vaccination from their general practitioner (GP). 

High vulnerability criteria for priority vaccination 

These criteria relate to the existence of one or more of the following illnesses listed by the Federal office of public health (FOPH) : 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). This categorie also includes people diagnosed with Down's Syndrome (trisomy 21).

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).

 

Certificate for priority vaccination for people with high vulnerability criteria related to at least one chronic illness

Before registering, persons under the age of 45, 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.


More indications regarding priority vaccination certificates (vulnerability):

  • Only certificates or prescriptions issued by doctors from the canton of Geneva and from the bordering border zone (i.e. border zone of the (01) department of Ain, the (74) Haute Savoie and Annemasse area) are admitted, in accordance with the Carnot Convention of 1889.
  • In order to respect medical confidentiality, the certificate must limit itself to a clear indication of the eligibility of the priority vaccination, without specifying the pathology.
  • The certificate may be obtained without an appointment, by simply calling the doctor.
  • The doctor can hand it over to a relative or send itdirectly to the person concerned, by post or e-mail.
  • The certificate is to be kept at hand by the adult with high vulnerability criteria and presented at the vaccination centre during his/her first appointment.
  • Without this document, registered persons will not be able to attend their vaccination appointment.

 

Pregnant women

Vulnerable/at-risk pregnant women currently have priority for vaccination against COVID-19 as of their second or third term of pregnancy. To do so, they are invited to contact their gynaecologist to ask for a priority vaccination certificate which they will have to present at their first vaccination appointment.

  • If they register on the vaccination platform, after having obtained their priority vaccination certificate, they will have to tick the "pregnant" box.
  • If they are already registered on the platform but did not report their pregnancy at the time of their registration, they can contact the COVID-19 general information line (0800 909 400) to update their file, after having obtained their priority vaccination certificate.

 

 

c) Healthcare workers

Since 6th April, vaccination is open to all categories of health professionals and socio-sanitary categories in contact with patients or vulnerable persons. Vaccination is carried out either at the workplace (if it is a dedicated vaccination site) or by registration in one of the vaccination centres (for which a priority vaccination certificate will be necessary).

More information (in French) on the vaccination procedure for health professionals and socio-sanitary staff. 

 

d) People living in institutions for handicaped persons (EPH)

Since 22nd March, vaccination is possible for people residing in institutions for handicaped persons (EPH) as well as for staff members. Vaccination campaigns are organised in these institutions.

 

3) Soon to be priority vaccination groups

In order to make vaccination available as quickly as possible to the entire population eligible for vaccination in Geneva, the government will follow the FOPH's recommendation and open vaccination simultaneously to all the following age categories: 35-44 years; 25-34 years and 16-24 years.

For minors, aged 16-18 years, the consent of parents or guardians is not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

First come, first served basis.
Vaccination calendars will open before the end of May. Appointments will be allocated to people in all these age groups on a first come, first served basis.

  • If you belong to one of these groups and have already registered for the vaccination and received a text message confirming your registration, you do not need to re-register on the vaccination platform or unregister. You will oon receive a notification of your vaccination appointment by sms when the vaccination agendas open for your group. 
  • If you belong to one of these groups and have not yet registered on the vaccination platform, you can do so at any time.
     

 

OVERVIEW - priority groups and documents to present at the vaccination centre

 

a) All persons aged 45+, who reside in Geneva or who are cross-border commuters, and who have taken out a basic LAMal health insurance scheme, as well as all persons attached to an international organisation, with an expatriate status.*

Vaccination in a vaccination centre 
Presentation of the following document is mandatory:

  • Identity card
  • LAMal insurance card (or, when applicable, international legitimation card*).

Without this document, access to the appointment will be systematically refused.

b) All persons aged under 45, with high vulnerability criteria, and provided that they have requested and received a certificate for priority vaccination from their general practitioner.
 

These persons reside in Geneva or are cross-border commuters who have taken out a basic LAMal insurance scheme. They may also be cross-border commuters working in international organisations with an expatriate status.
 

Before registering and going to the vaccination centre, all these people must request and receive a certificate of priority vaccination (vulnerability) from their general practitioner (GP).

 

Vaccination in a vaccination centre

Presentation of the following documents is mandatory:

  • Identity card
  • LAMal insurance card (or, when applicable, international legitimation card*);
  • Certificate of priority vaccination (vulnerability).

Without these documents, access to the appointment will be systematically refused.

c) Healthcare staff (group I) in contact with high-risk persons, namely those working in nursing homes for the elderly and in hospitals, in intensive and intermediate care units, in services for patients with COVID-19, and in emergency services.

 

As from 6 April: other categories of health professionals (group II) and other health categories in contact with patients or vulnerable persons. More information (in French)

Vaccination at the workplace
(No registration at vaccination centres).

 

 

Vaccination at the workplace or in a vaccination center depending if the workplace is a vaccination site or not.

 

 

 

Only people who currently have priority for vaccination against COVID-19, who meet all the required conditions and who come to their vaccination appointment with all the required documents, will have access to the vaccination centres.

If you have obtained a vaccination appointment by trying to by-pass the mandatory criteria and guidelines, your appointment will be void and your registration will be cancelled.

If you are not sure about your situation, please contact the COVID-19 general information line by e-mail or phone (0800 909 400 - free call 7/7 - 8am-7pm / dial 0041 800 909 400 from abroad).

Do you have a question regarding your registration?

You may submit your questions by email or by calling the COVID-19 general information line (0800 909 400) - free call 7/7 8am-7pm.

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11 May 2021
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