Getting vaccinated against COVID-19

3. Registration and vaccination scheme

Registration for vaccination

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 PHarmashop-Plaza pharmacy


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Information regarding vaccination and pregnancy

Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended for the most vulnerable population groups for the following reasons:

  1. It protects against the risk of serious complications of the disease. 
  2. It protects the people around a vaccinated person, especially those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (e.g. allergy to certain vaccine components). 
  3. It reduces hospital overcrowding because vaccinated people are less likely to be severely ill.

Vaccination offers very high protection against infection (about 94% to prevent infection and severe forms of COVID-19) and against the severe effects of the disease, but infection is still possible: even when vaccinated, a person can be infected and transmit the virus. 

Currently, isolation and quarantine measures have been lifted but protective measures (hand hygiene, wearing a mask and interpersonal distancing) remain essential, even for vaccinated people.


Vaccination scheme

Primary vaccination 

A single dose of mRNA vaccine is now recommended for people aged 16-64 without risk factors and who have never been vaccinated before. This recommendation is based on the fact that the majority of the population has been infected, even without confirmation by a test. 

However, it is still possible to receive 2 doses 4 weeks apart (namely for persons who need a COVID-19 vaccination certificate for travel)


Booster vaccination

The booster vaccination is performed 4 months after the last dose or 4 months after the last infection.

It is possible for anyone aged 16 or over who does not have a chronic illness, but it is recommended as a priority for :

  • people aged 65 or over
  • people aged 16 to 64 with a high individual risk, including pregnant women
  • health professionals
  • anyone in professional or private contact with vulnerable people.

Booster vaccination is possible but is no longer recommended for young people aged 12-15 years who do not have a chronic disease.

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

Vaccination for highly vulnerable people (immunosuppressed)

Primary vaccinationand booster vaccination are recommended for highly vulnerable personnes i.e. highly immunosuppressed people.

Two doses of mRNA vaccine are still recommended for previously unvaccinated vulnerable people, to prevent severe disease due to the lower immune response in this group.

The vaccines offer only limited protection against transmission of the virus (new infections), but continue to be very effective in preventing complications of the disease. However, vaccine efficiency time span is short (a few months) and booster shots are necessary for people at risk of developing severe forms of the disease, especially during anticipated or known epidemic peaks.

Highly vulnerable persons are, for example, persons undergoing oncological treatment (certain chemotherapies) or transplanted persons who did not produce a sufficient response to the first two doses to improve their protection against the virus. In order to obtain their third vaccination appointment, persons with a high level of immunosuppression must therefore consult their doctor, who will provide them with a medical recommendation when refering them to the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG).


Access to vaccination for persons with reduced mobility or who reside in a nursing home

People with reduced mobility can be vaccinated by the mobile vaccination team of the Geneva homecare institution (imad), even if they are not regular imad clients. They should speak to their GP who will contact imad to request access to vaccination at home.

For residents of homes for elderly people (EMS) or people living in a flat with facilities for the elderly (IEPA) or who attend day care centres, vaccination will take place on site with mobile units.


Vaccination after a COVID infection

Persons who have had COVID-19 may get vaccinated 4 months after their infection. 

Vaccination isn't recommended during a COVID-19 infection.


COVID-19 and influenza vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine does not replace the influenza vaccine. For vulnerable people and persons in contact with a vulnerable person, it is recommended to get vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19.

The influenza and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same time or at any interval.



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Last updated
27 January 2023

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