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.
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:
- persons residing in the canton of Geneva,
- cross-border commuters with basic health insurance (LAMal scheme),
- and cross-border commuters working in international organisations with expatriate status,
- 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).
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)|
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.
* 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).
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).
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):
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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
Vaccination at the workplace or in a vaccination center depending if the workplace is a vaccination site or not.
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).