Getting vaccinated against COVID-19

1. Overview

You will find on the Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 web pages, all information concerning vaccination against COVID-19 in the canton of Geneva :


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Before starting your online registration, please take into account the instructions and tips listed here.

 


 
Important communications
  • Since 16th June, adolescents aged 12 to 15, who wish to protect themselves against an infection, can register on the COVID-19 vaccination platform.

    • Consent of parents or guardians is not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is however recommended that a parent(s) accompany their child(ren) to the vaccination appointment.

 


  • It is now possible for all persons aged 18+ to be vaccinated without an appointment by simply showing up with your identification documents (ID card, residence permit or legitimation card) at the Pharmacie Principale in the Praille shopping centre on Wednesdays between 2pm and 6pm and on Saturdays between 9am and 6pm. Registration will be done on the premises. From 17 July, this possibility will be extended to the Pharmacie Principale in the Balexert shopping centre.

 


  • Three vaccination centres will only provide doses 2 as from 2 July and will close at the end of July: the Palexpo vaccination centre, the Carouge vaccination centre and the La Tour vaccination centre.
     


  • From 18 June, companies that are members of the FER Genève can contact the General Health Office (Direction générale de la santé) by e-mail to obtain reserved time slots in a vaccination centre that will have been selected by mutual agreement. These slots will be made available to all their employees who wish to be vaccinated.

    • Any person employed by a company that is a member of the FER Genève and who wishes to take advantage of this opportunity may contact directly their management on this matter.
       


  •  Persons eligible for vaccination in Geneva who received their first dose of vaccine abroad can receive their second dose in Geneva as long as their vaccine is recognised in Switzerland (Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna) and they have proof of vaccination. They can submit a request by e-mail

 


  • Since 28th May 2021, the FOPH has extended its recommendation of mRNA vaccination, from the second trimester onwards, to all pregnant women, i.e. those in good health, those suffering from one of the chronic diseases defined for persons vulnerable to COVID-19 and those presenting an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 (for instance at their work place). Pregnant women should have received from their gynaecologist all necessary information and risk/benefit assessment regarding vaccination and their written consent will be needed too.
     


    Vulnerable people who don't have the necessary equipment (mobile phone and/or computer), and for whom computer tools, language, hearing (difficulty to use a telephone) or mobility represent barriers for online registration, may obtain vaccination appointments by other means :

    1. By calling the COVID-19 general information line (0800 909 400) to register on the on-line registration platform.
    2. By registering directly in two other pharmacies in Geneva (Phamacie Bleue at Vesenaz and Pharmacie du Mandement in Satigny). They will be vaccinated there.
    3. By contacting the Geneva Red Cross
    4. Walk-in vaccination (18+ only) in a shopping centre (Praille or Balexert) in partnership with the Pharmacie Principal group (Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm or Saturdays from 9am to 5pm)

 


  • You have had COVID-19 and you want to register for the vaccination? Or you have already received your two vaccination appointments (SMS) and you have caught COVID-19 and? You will find here the answers to all your questions about vaccination in case of COVID illness.

 


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 / dial 0041 800 909 400 from abroad.

2. Why get vaccinated against COVID-19?

Getting vaccinated implies not only protecting yourself, but also protecting the most vulnerable population groups to whom you could transmit the disease.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended by the federal and cantonal health authorities for three reasons:

  1. It protects vulnerable people and reduces the number of seriously ill patients and deaths related to COVID-19.
  2. It will lead to fewer hospitalisations and ensure the maintenance of a properly functioning health care system for everyone.
  3. It will support the effort to address the negative social and economic consequences of this pandemic.

Coronavirus infection (SARS-Cov-2) most often causes a mild form of COVID-19 in adults and children.

However, the disease is often more severe among older people or people with clinical vulnerability criteria (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart or lung disease, cancer, immunosuppressive disease or treatment...). COVID-19 can lead to complications and require prolonged hospitalisation, sometimes in intensive care. Even for people who are cured, the disease can cause long-term health problems. That is why it is important to get vaccinated. 

The federal office of public health (FOPH), the federal commission for vaccinations, cantonal doctors, Swiss society groups of doctors and specialists recommend that you get vaccinated. Do not hesitate to discuss this matter with your general practitioner. 

 


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.

3. Priority groups for vaccination

In Geneva, all persons aged 12 years+ may register on the COVID-19 vaccination platform .

Access to vaccination depends on the criteria of residence and/or health insurance coverage.

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 falling 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

  1. persons residing in the canton of Geneva with basic LAMal scheme health insurance,

  2. cross-border commuters with basic LAMal scheme health insurance,

  3. cross-border commuters working in international organisations with expatriate status (legitimation card required),

  4. cross-border commuters working in a Geneva health institution as a health professional (proof of employment required for those who have not subscribed to the LAMal insurance scheme).

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  card (and residence permit if applicable) and insurance card
Persons who are cross-border commuters and who have taken out a basic LAMal health insurance scheme: Identity card and insurance card
Persons who are cross-border commuters working in international organisations with an expatriate status: Identity card and international legitimation card
Persons who are cross-border commuters working in a Geneva health institution as a health professional and who are not registered under the LAMal health insurance regime: Identity card and work certificate

 

People who aren't eligible for vaccination in the canton of Geneva and who have nevertheless registered on the Geneva vaccination platform will be refused access to the vaccination centre for which they received vaccination appointments.

If you are not eligible for vaccination in the canton of Geneva and you have registered on the Geneva vaccination platform, please contact the general information line COVID-19 to unsubscribe (by e-mail or phone 0800 909 400 - free call 7/7 - 8am-7pm / dial 0041 800 909 400 from abroad).

In order to prevent people, who do not meet the criteria applicable in Geneva, from travelling unnecessarily and being refused access to their appointments, the canton regularly updates its lists of vaccination appointments and cancels the appointments allocated to these people. They are notified by SMS of this cancellation.

 

 

2) Priority groups for vaccination

In Geneva,  vaccination is now also open to all persons aged 12+ years.

  • For minors aged 16-18 years, the consent of parents or guardians is not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • For minors aged 12-15 years, the consent of parents or guardians is not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is recommended that a parent(s) accompany them to the vaccination appointment.

    According to the Federal Office of Public Health and the Federal Commission for Vaccinations, 12 to 15 year olds are now the sixth target group for the mRNA vaccine recommendations. Vaccination of adolescents aged 12 to 15 years will start on 5 July 2021. 

For more information: See FOPH documentation : COVID-19 vaccination now also possible for young people aged 12 and over Find out more now

 

The extension of vaccination to the 12-44 age group implies that priority vaccination certificates required for the persons with high vulnerability criteria are no longer necessary.

work certificate is in all cases still necessary for health professionals who are cross-border commuters working in a Geneva health institution and who are not registered under the LAMal health insurance regime.

 

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

In Geneva, only people 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.

If you try to bypass the mandatory requirements, your vaccination appointment will be void and lost.

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).

a) All persons aged 18+, 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 documents is mandatory:

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

 

b) All persons aged 12 to 17, 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 whose parents are attached to an international organisation, with an expatriate status.

 

For young persons aged 12 to 15, it is recommended to come with a parent.

 

 

Vaccination in one fo the following vaccination centres: CMU-HUG, GMO or m3 Chêne

Presentation of the following documents is mandatory:

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

 

c) All health professionals who are cross-border commuters working in a Geneva health institution and who are not registered under the LAMal health insurance regime

Vaccination in a vaccination centre

Presentation of the following documents is mandatory:

  • Identity card
  • Work certificate

 

 

 

People in good health 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 for persons according to a FOPH directive of 13 April 2021.

 


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.

4. Registration for vaccination (including FAQ)

IMPORTANT

In Geneva, to be vaccinated against COVID-19, one must register online via the One.Doc vaccination platform. You should not contact the COVID-19 vaccination centres directly to make an appointment.

People who don't have a mobile phone or a computer, or who have difficulties in registering (technological or linguistic obstacles) may obtain help either by contacting the general information line (0800 909 400), by going to the Pharmacieplus du Mandement or Pharmacie Bleue at Vésenaz, or by going to the Geneva Red Cross support service (see related FAQ hereafter).

Only people who are eligible for vaccination in Geneva and who come to their vaccination appointment with all the required documents, will have access to the vaccination centres. 

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Click here to access online registration platform

Before starting your online registration,
please take into account  the
instructions and tips listed below.

 


1) Registering and getting vaccinated after having had COVID-19

 

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I have had COVID-19 and want to register online for vaccination. What should I do?

Recent scientific evidence has led the FOPH to issue new recommendations regarding the number of doses of vaccine needed to effectively protect a person who has had COVID-19.

For certain categories of the population who have contracted COVID-19, a single injection is sufficient at 6 months to be effectively protected. For these people, a second dose is not necessary but can be given at their request.

The initial three-month delay has been extended to six months according to the FOPH recommendations (dated 13th April 2021). However, there are no counterindications for people who have already received a vaccine three months after their illness.

In the near future, a question regarding the spontaneous declaration of COVID-19 detected with a positive test will be systematically asked on the registration platform. In order to comply with the 6-month deadline, please check which category you belong to and the date when you had COVID-19 (date of PRC test or antigen test or date of serological analysis for IgG anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies) and fill in the registration platform accordingly.

In this context of vaccination, only a PRC test or an antigen test or serological evidence (IgG anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies) can prove that a person is or has been infected with COVID-19.

 

People for whom 1 dose is sufficient for effective protection:

  • Healthy people who have had COVID-19 more than 6 months ago can choose to receive only one dose: 1 vaccine as of 6 months after the COVID-19 test date (PCR/antigen tests or serological evidence only).
  • Vulnerable persons (pregnant women; adults with Down's syndrome; adults aged 65+; adults under 65 with pre-existing diseases according to the FOPH list) who have had COVID-19 more than 6 months ago may choose to receive only one dose: a single vaccine from 3 months after the COVID-19 test date (PCR/antigen tests or serological evidence only).

People who wish to receive 2 doses of vaccine:

  • For healthy people who have had COVID-19 more than 6 months ago: vaccine#1 as of 3 months after the COVID-19 test date (PCR/antigen tests or serological evidence only) and vaccine#2 from 6 months after the first dose.
  • For vulnerable persons (pregnant women; adults with trisomy 21; adults aged 65+; adults under 65 with pre-existing diseases according to the OFSP list) who have had COVID-19 more than 6 months ago: vaccine#1 as of 3 months after the COVID-19 test date (PCR/antigen tests or serological evidence only) and vaccine#2 as of 28 days (1 month) after the first dose.

People who must receive 2 doses of vaccine:

  • For all persons who have never had COVID-19: vaccine#1 at the assigned appointment and vaccine#2 at 28-day intervals.
  • For immunosuppressed persons who have had COVID-19: vaccine#1 as from 3 months after the COVID-19 test date (PCR/antigen tests or serological evidence only) and vaccine#2 between 4 to 6 weeks after the first dose.

 

I registered on the vaccination platform and am currently waiting for my 2 vaccination appointments (SMS). Since then, I have been tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

At the time of your registration on the vaccination platform, you did not have COVID-19 and therefore did not have to report the disease in your registration form.

It is possible that since then you have had the disease. In this case, if you have not yet received any vaccination appointments (SMS), please contact the COVID-19 general information line (0800 909 400)  or by email (free call 7/7 8am-7pm) as soon as possible to cancel your registration, allowing you to re-register in 6 months.

 

I have received my 2 vaccination appointments by SMS and have been tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

  • You have had COVID-19 less than 6 months ago and you have received your two vaccination appointments.
  • Between your first and second injection, you have caught COVID-19

Following a positive test for COVID-19 (PCR/antigen tests or serological evidence only), in any of the above cases, please contact and inform your vaccination centre immediately in order to cancel or reschedule your vaccination appointment(s) according to the deadlines indicated in the previous window.

Only vaccination centres are able to cancel or reschedule vaccination appointments once they have been assigned. The COVID-19 general information line cannot do this as its operators don't have access to the vaccination centres' agendas.

 

 


2) General guidelines and advice to read before you register  

Am I eligible for vaccination in Geneva?

The canton receives a supply of vaccines that corresponds to specific population criteria: Geneva residents; cross-border workers with LAMal insurance; cross-border workers working in Geneva in the health sector; civil servants/international workers or expatriate personnel with a legitimation card.

Outside the categories listed above, there is no vaccination available in Geneva and it is not possible for people outside these categories to pay for their vaccine.
  • If you do not belong to one of these categories, please register in your canton or country of residence to be vaccinated.
  • If you are not eligible for vaccination in the canton of Geneva and you have nonetheless registered on the Geneva vaccination platform, please contact the general information line COVID-19 to unsubscribe (by e-mail or phone 0800 909 400 - free call 7/7 - 8am-7pm / dial 0041 800 909 400 from abroad).
  • People who are not eligible for vaccination in the canton of Geneva and who have nevertheless registered on the Geneva vaccination platform will be refused access to the vaccination centre for which they have received vaccination appointments.
  • In order to prevent people, who do not meet the criteria applicable in Geneva, from travelling unnecessarily and being refused access to their appointments, the canton regularly updates its lists of vaccination appointments and cancels the appointments allocated to these people. They are notified by SMS of this cancellation.

 

What does one need to register online for COVID-19 vaccination?

Before starting the online registration procedure, you will need the following items  :

  1. Your insurance card (LAMal). The surname, first names and date of birth that you register online must match the surname, first names and date of birth on your insurance card. 
     
  2. computer or tablet (with an internet connexion line) and a mobile phone (yours or that of a relative), which is switched on, which can receive text messages and is available at hand during the registration process.

    - This mobile phone will be used to check and validate the information transmitted during the online registration: after entering your mobile phone number, you will receive a code to be filled in in order to finalise the registration as well as an SMS message confirming the place and time of the first vaccination appointment, or a message informing you that you - or, if applicable, the person whose name you are registering - are on a waiting list. If the mobile phone number is not filled in, people who register will be contacted again and, if not, they will receive an email.
    - If you do not provide a mobile phone number, you should include an email address in order to receive a confirmation of registration and appointment by email.

    It not advisable to register online using the mobile phone intended to receive the validation code, because if you leave the online registration website to retrieve this code, you risk losing all the data already entered on the registration website.

 

Guide for online registration

  • Registration will begin with a health questionnaire. This questionnaire is aimed at the general population. You will need to answer all the questions, even though some may not directly concern you.
     
  • You have the possibility to register yourself or someone you are close to. If you aren't registering yourself but a relative or friend and if you are using your own mobile phone for this purpose, please make sure that you tick the box « utiliser le téléphone d’un tiers ou d’un proche ». (i.e.: "use the phone of a third party or relative"). This will prevent you from being blocked later on, if you decide to do your own online registration for the vaccination.
     

IMPORTANT

  • During your registration, you will receive a first SMS (or email message if no mobile phone number is given) which contains a "verification code " (a six digit code).

  • Please note that the "verification code" of this first SMS you receive is not a confirmation that you are registered. You have not yet finished registering. Please confirim your registration by typing in this 6-digit code in your application form in the window wjhich appears on your computer screen requesting it.
  •  Towards the end of your registration, you will be asked whether you accept the general terms and conditions for the use of this toolavailable here (in French).

  • At the end of the registration, you will receive a second SMS (or email if no mobile phone number is given) confirming your registration is finished and that you are in the data base.
  • If, shortly after your registration process, you do not receive a third SMS with details for an appointment , this is because your application has been put on hold until an appointment becomes available. 
  • The vaccination appointment sms or email  will include a link allowing you to reschedule or cancel a appointment if necessary.
     
  • Upon receipt of confirmation of the first appointment for the vaccination, you will automatically receive a second appointment for the second dose which will be administered 28 days later.
     
  • The one.doc vaccination platform currently offers the option of whether or not to register your data in the Swiss myCOVIDvac database, and thus to have your vaccination listed in an electronic vaccination record. This facility is currently deactivated until further notice, following a decision by the Confederation. 
    For more information: myCOVIDvac

 

Further tips to manage your online registration

  • To ensure that the registration process works properly, it is recommended that you test several updated web browsers. The quality of access to the registration platform may also vary, depending on the type of computer or tablet used.

 

Certificates for priority vaccination

Extension to the 12-44 age group implies that the priority vaccination certificates , which were required for highly vulnerable people are no longer necessary.

  • Work certificates, on the other hand, are still required for cross-border workers in the health field in Geneva, and who haven't subscribed a LAMal insurance.

 

Assistance for persons who are not familiar with IT tools, or who are without a mobile phone, a computer or an internet connexion

Registration for vaccination is done online and is finalised with the receipt of a confirmation SMS text message, followed by, in some cases, the notification of a vaccination appointment.

Anyone wishing to register but who does not have a mobile phone, computer and internet connexion is advised to ask for help from a third person or a relative who is equipped.

If this is not possible, they should call the COVID-19 general information line 0800 909 400  (free of charge - 7days/7 - 8am-7pm) for assistance. 

 

Registering and getting vaccinated in a pharmacy as part of a special vaccination scheme

There are currently two projects primarily intended to address the needs of vulnerable people who may be confronted with a variety of obstacles such as lack of computer tools, lack of computer skills, language barrier, hearing (difficult to listen over the phone) or mobility, and for whom the online registration platform remains complicated, even with the assistance of the COVID-19 general information line (0800 909 400).

These pharmacies are accessible to any person eligible for vaccination in the canton of Geneva, depending on the availability of doses.

  1. Pharmacie Bleue de Vésenaz
    Route de Thonon 60B
    1222 Vésenaz

    Appointments can be made directly at the pharmacy by telephone ( 022 772 01 21 ) during business hours (Mon-Fri 8h-19h & Sat 8-18h) or by email.

    Vaccination: (Except public holidays)
    Mon, Wed & Fri 14h-18h / Tue 9h-12h

    Public transport: 
    Bus E & G : "Vésenaz" stop

    Car:
    Public parking under Migros and parking des Rayes
    "Vaccination drop off place" in chemin Près de la Croix - covered passage (door behind the pharmacy)

  2. Pharmacieplus du Mandement (Satigny) 
    Route d'Aire-la-Ville 229,
    1242 Satigny

    Appointments can be made directly at the pharmacy by telephone e (079 479 63 22) during business hours (Mon-Fri 8h–19h & Sat 9h – 18h)

    Vaccination: (Except public holidays)
    Will be organised during business hours.

    Public transport: 
    From Cornavin station : RER & bus S
    From Satigny:  bus 73 

    Car:
    Free (1 hour) parking under the commercial centre where is located the pharmacieplus du Mandement.

Assistance for people who aren't familiar with IT tools or with the French language or who lack equipment to register

For persons who are  elderly, isolated and/or foreign-speaking people, for persons who are not familiar with IT tools or with the French language or who don't have the necessary equpiment (computer, internet connexion, mobile phone), the Geneva Red Cross provide assistance with their online registration.


COVID-19 general information line 0800 909 400  (free of charge - 7days/7 - 8am-7pm).
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Assistance de la Croix-Rouge genevoise pour l'inscription

Registration sessions at the Red Cross
Centre for Cultural Integration

50, rue de Carouge
Monday to Friday: 9.30-11.45am and 2-5pm
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month: 5pm-7.30pm

The Geneva Red Cross helps all elderly, isolated and/or vulnerable people, who lack computer skills or who have difficulties in understanding the French language, in their efforts to register online and to be vaccinated:

  • Registration for vaccination on the Internet
  • Managing the follow-up of appointments (first and second dose)
  • Possible escort to the vaccination appointment

 

Beware of attempted frauds during registration

Please note that the confirmation SMS you receive for your vaccination registration or appointment is sent by a mobile number which is only used to generate registration or appointment confirmations.  You should never reply to this sms message by calling the number or returning an sms.

In case of doubt, or in case of attempted fraud, please contact immediately the COVID-19 general information line 0800 909 400  (free of charge - 7days/7 - 8am-7pm) for assistance.

  

 


3) After you have registered 

Changing vaccination venue / rescheduling an appointment

  • Changing the venue: If the vaccination centre you have been assigned is not suitable, you can change the venue by calling the COVID-19 general information line (0800 909 400 - free call 7/7 - 8am-7pm.) Please note however that the appointment allocation system will not allow you to choose your new vaccination centre. Your initial appointment will be cancelled and you will have access to only one or two centres for which the diary system is allocating appointments at the time of your call. 
     
  • Changing the date or time of appointment: People who have been given an appointment at a centre that suits them but would like to change the date and/or time can try to contact the centre directly to see if another appointment might be available. For this, please activate the link you have received by SMS to obtain the vaccination centre's contact details.

 

What documents should one bring at the first vaccination appointment?

At the first appointment at the vaccination centre, the following documents must be presented:

  1. Identity card + (if applicable) residence permit.
  2. LAMal medical insurance card (or legitimation card for people with expatriate status).
  3. For health professionals who are cross-border workers and who don't have LAMal medical insurance: a certificate of employment will also be requested.

Without these documents, the vaccination appointment is cancelled and it will not be possible to access the centre for COVID-19 vaccination.

Since the opening of vaccination to the 16 to 44 age group, the certificate for priority vaccination for highly vulnerable persons is no longer required.

COVID certificates

Fully vaccinated people can obtain a COVID certificate. In Switzerland, a person is considered fully vaccinated in two cases:

  1. Vaccination with two doses of an mRNA vaccine authorised in Switzerland (Pfizer or Moderna), as of the 14th day after the second injection.
  2. PCR or antigen test confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection followed by one dose of mRNA vaccine authorised in Switzerland, as of the 14th day after the injection.
  • People vaccinated before 21st June will receive their COVID certificate digitally by activating links received by SMS.
  • People vaccinated from 21st June onwards with two doses of vaccine will receive their COVID certificate directly from their vaccination centre, either digitally in PDF format, or in paper format.
  • People who only had one dose of vaccine due to a previous infection documented by a PCR test, an antigen test or serology, will have to apply online by filling in the online e-démarches COVID certificates form to obtain their vaccination certificate. 

Full details on how to obtain a COVID certificate: COVID certificate for vaccinated persons

 

Vaccination and quarantine

The effect of vaccination on quarantine situations is the following:

  • Contact quarantine
    Following close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, all people who meet the criteria for illness within the past six months or who have effective vaccination* will be exempt from quarantine.
     
  • Travel quarantines

    For people travelling abroad, neither the fact of having had COVID-19 within the past six months, nor the fact of being fully vaccinated*, currently and automatically exempts them from the obligation of travel quarantines or the presentation of a PCR and/or antigenic test carried out 48 hours before the trip. Check with your travel agent or the consular authorities of the country you plan visiting.

    People returning to Switzerland from high-risk countries who have effective vaccination* or have had COVID-19 within the last 6 months are exempt from quarantine on their return from travelling to countries on the FOPH's list of high-risk countries.
    However, for high-risk countries where VOCs (variants of concern, according to the FOPH terminology) are circulating, being vaccinated or having had COVID-19 for less than 6 months does not give the right to an exemption from quarantine

* Full or effective vaccination is defined as vaccination with two doses of an mRNA vaccine authorised in Switzerland (Pfizer or Moderna) as of the 14th day after the second dose or, for persons with a history of COVID-19 confirmed by PCR or rapid antigen test, with one single dose as of the 14th day after this dose.

 

 

 


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.

5. Vaccination centres against COVID-19

The vaccination centres referenced on the SITG map system are currently operational in Geneva.
For optimal access to the SITG map, it is recommended to use a recent browser. 

 
Getting to the vaccination centres

Parking spaces for people with reduced mobility and drop-off spaces are provided in the direct vicinity of the vaccination centres. Road signs also inform motorists about the paid parking facilities in the vicinity of the centres.

For more information: parking map around the vaccination centres

 

Important

  • It is now possible for adults to be vaccinated without an appointment, on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays, by going directly to the Pharmacie Principale pharmacy in the Praille and (as of 17th July) of Balexert shopping centres.
     
    • Registration will take place on site. Access to the vaccination depends on the criteria of residence and/or affiliation to a health insurance. All persons, aged 18+, with the required documents for registration (identity card + residence permit, if applicable + LAMAL insurance card + legitimation card, if applicable for expatriates). Without these documents, it will not be possible to register.
       
  • Three vaccination centres will only provide doses 2 from 2 July and will close at the end of July: the Palexpo vaccination centre, the Carouge vaccination centre and the La Tour vaccination centre.

 


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Palexpo Vaccination Center
Entrance E3
Route François-Peyrot 30
1218 Grand-Saconnex

Vaccination:
Mon-Sat / 8h-19h
Will close end of July


TPG
Bus 5 and 59: «Palexpo» stop
Bus 10 / 56 / 57: «Aéroport» stop
Bus 23 / 29 / 50 / 66: «Palexpo-Halle» stop

Car
Drop-off point in front of centre
Parking P12 in Palexpo (pay per use)

 

Hôpital de la Tour
Salle Antoine-Verchère
Route de Meyrin 297
1217 Meyrin

Vaccination:
Mon-Sat / 9h-12h & 13h30-18h
Will close end of July


TPG
Tram 18: «Meyrin Village» stop

Car
Drop-off point in front of centre
Meyrin village pay-per-use parking

 

Centre médical du Lignon*
Appointments by telephone
Tel. 022 796 25 25
Place du Lignon 2
1219 Le Lignon

Vaccination:
Wed /13h-17h


TPG
Bus A4, 28, 7, 9, 51: «Cité-Lignon» stop

Voiture
Public parking in commercial centre (pay per use)

 

 


 

Pharmacie du Mandement*
Appointment made in pharmacy
T. 079 479 63 22
Route d'Aire-la-Ville 229,
1242 Satigny

Vaccination:
Mon-Sat / 9h-12h


TPG
RER and S Bus S from Cornavin station 
Bus 73 from Meyrin

Car
Public parking under the commercial centre hosting pharmacy (1 hour free)

 

Clinique Permanence d'Onex (CPO)
Emergency access
Route de Chancy 98
1213 Onex

Vaccination:
Mon-Fri / 9h-12h & 13h-17


TPG
Bus J: «Bandol» stop
Bus K: «Bandol» stop
Bus 14: «Bandol» stop
Bus 21: «Duret» stop

Car
Drop-off point in front of centre
Pay-per-use parking of Onex swimming pool

No appointment - adults only:

Pharmacie Principale à Balexert
Centre commercial de Balexert
Avenue Louis-Casaï 27
1211 Genève

Vaccination:
Wed 14h-18h 
Sat 9h-18h


TPG
Bus 10, 53: «Balexert-Pailly» stop
Bus 22: «Bouchet» stop
Tram 14, 18: «Balexert» stop

Car
Commercial centre parking (1st hour free)

 


Left bank

Hirslanden-Clinique des Grangettes
Paediatrics building (Level-1)
Chemin des Grangettes 2
1224 Chêne-Bougeries

Vaccination:
Mon-Fri / 9h-19h


TPG
Tram 12: «Grangettes» stop
Tram 17: «Grangettes» stop

Car
Drop-off point close to centre
Pay-per-use parking in the vicinity

 

HUG - Centre médical universitaire 
CMU Entrance C
Avenue de Champel 9
1206 Genève

Vaccination:
Mon-Fri / 9h-17h
 


TPG
Bus 1: «Hôpital» or «Roseraie» stops
Bus 3 and 5: «Place Claparède» stop
Léman Express: «Champel» stop

Car
Drop-off point close to centre
Underground pay-per-use parking («Lombard»)

 

M3 Sanitrade
Route de Chêne 18-20
1207 Genève
 

Vaccination:
Mon-Sat / 8h-18h


TPG
Tram 12: «Gare des Eaux-Vives» or «Amandolier» stop
Tram 17: «Gare des Eaux-Vives» or «Amandolier» stop
Bus 21: «Amandolier» stop
Léman Express: «Gare des Eaux-Vives» stop

Car
Drop-off point close to centre
Eaux-Vives station parking (free 2 hours) 

 


 

 

Centre Médical Opale*

Online appointment booking
Tel. 022 869 00 70
Chemin de la Gravière 3
1225 Chêne-Bourg

Vaccination:
Half days schedules


TPG
Léman Express: «Chêne-Bourg» stop
Tram 12 et 17:  «Peillonnex» stop
Bus 32, 37: «Chêne-Bourg» stop.

Car
Public parking in the building (pay per use) 

 

Pharmacie Bleue*
Appointment made in pharmacy
T. 022 772 01 21
Route de Thonon 60,
1222 Vésenaz

Vaccination:
Half days schedules: Contact pharmacy for details


TPG
Bus E and G: «Vésenaz» stop

Car
Drop-off point in front of centre
Public parking under Migros & Parking des Rayes (pay per use) 

 

Clinique de Carouge
Emergency access
Avenue Cardinal Mermillod 1
1227 Carouge

Vaccination:
Mon-Fri / 9h-12h et 13h-17h
Will close end of July


TPG
Tram 12: «Armes» stop
Tram 18: «Armes» stop
Bus 11: «Armes» stop
Bus 21: «Armes» stop

Car
Drop-off point in front of centre
Underground «Octroi» pay-per-use parking 

 


 

No appointment - adults only:

Pharmacie Principale à La Praille
La Praille commercial centre 
Route des Jeunes 10
1212 Lancy

Vaccination:
Wed 14h-18h 
Sat 9h-18h


TPG
Tram 12 et 18: «Bachet» stop
Tram 15:  «Lancy-Pont-Rouge» stop
Bus 21, 23, 42, 43, 46, D: «La Praille» stop
Léman Express:  «Lancy-Pont-Rouge» stop

Car
Parking of the commercial center (pay-per-use)  

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

* Several pilot projects are currently being conducted in Geneva  : the Opale medical centre in Chêne-Bourg, the Centre médical du Lignon, the Pharmacie Bleue in Vésenaz and the Pharmacie du Mandement in Satigny.

Accessible to anyone who is entitled to be vaccinated in the canton of Geneva, and depending on availability, these projects are designed primarily for vulnerable people aged 65+ for whom computer tools, language, hearing (difficulty to use a telephone) or mobility represent barriers to obtaining a vaccination appointment in one of the vaccination centres via the online registration platform. People wishing to be vaccinated via this system can directly contact one of the listed pharmacies to obtain a vaccination appointment.

On Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays, it is now possible to be vaccinated without an appointment by going directly to the Pharmacie Principale pharmacies in the Praille and Balexert shopping centres, with the necessary documents for registration.

At the first appointment at the vaccination centre, all persons must present their identity card (and, if applicable, their residence permit) and their LAMal insurance card (or, if applicable, their legitimation card for persons with expatriate status). Without these documents, it will not be possible to be vaccinated.

 


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.

6. FAQ on vaccination against COVID-19

 

Are you still hesitating to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Do you still have questions regarding vaccination?
The FAQs below cover the most frequently asked questions. They should help you make your choice.

Vaccination

Why is is important to get vaccinated against COVID-19 ?

Vaccination helps to protect yourself and to protect other people.

While a coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection is most often a less severe form of COVID-19 for adults and children, the illness is more often worse for vulnerable people (ie. elderly people or people with an underlying health condition such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, cancer, immunosuppressive diseases and the treatment of them).

COVID-19 can cause severe complications and consequences, requiring long-term hospitalisation and, in some cases, the need for intensive care. COVID-19 can also be fatal. This is why it is therefore important to get vaccinated.

The Federal Office of Public Health, the Federal Commission for Vaccinations, cantonal doctors, the Swiss societies of doctors and specialists recommend vaccination.
 

How long must one wait between vaccine doses ?

  • For Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty® vaccine, a minimum of 21 days between the two doses is required to obtain the COVID certificate.

  • For Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna®, a minimum of 28 days between the two doses is required to obtain the COVID certificate.

For Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, however, there is no longer a maximum period between the two doses.

When registering for the vaccination, the second vaccination appointment is allocated according to the above deadlines but it is always possible to change the date of the second vaccination appointment, extending the deadline to 6 to 8 weeks after the first dose.

It should be noted that between the two doses, there is no 100% immunity, and it is therefore essential to continue to respect the rules of hygiene and conduct (interpersonal distances, wearing a mask, washing hands, etc.) to avoid any risk of contamination.
 

If I have had COVID, do I need to get vaccinated?

Currently, a person who has been infected is protected for six months after a proven COVID-19 illness,  documented by a positive test (PCR or antigen) or by serological evidence (IgG anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies), because he or she has produced his or her own antibodies against the virus. This is called natural immunity. Vaccination is not necessary as long as natural immunity protects you. Therefore, if you are infected, you should postpone vaccination if you are ill and wait to register for vaccination once you have recovered.

After a positive COVID-19 test, a single dose as early as 6 months is sufficient for effective protection for a healthy person, and as early as 3 months for a vulnerable person. A second dose is nevertheless recommended for immuno-suppressed people and is available to those who wish to receive it.

If one gets sick with COVID-19 between the two doses of vaccine, then the second dose should be postponed to 3 months after infection for vulnerable or immuno-suppressed people and to 6 months for healthy people.
 

I received my first vaccine dose abroad. Can I get my second shot in Geneva?

Yes, if you are eligible for vaccination in Geneva (see eligibility requirements), you can receive your second dose in Geneva, if the vaccine of your first dose is recognised in Switzerland (Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty® and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine Moderna®) and if you have proof of your first vaccination dose.

To be vaccinated, you will need to submit a request by email.

 

Why get vaccinated if one is not at risk?

Vaccination currently protects against the risk of disease complications or death and is therefore particularly recommended for the elderly or for vulnerable people. However, vaccination is still recommended for the general population because :

  • Vaccination protects you from COVID-19. Although many people do not develop symptoms or only a mild form of the disease, serious complications can occur. Even in cured people, including among the young and healthy population groups, a COVID-19 infection can leave important after-effects such as difficulty breathing during exercise or long term fatigue.
  • By getting vaccinated, you also partly protect the people around you and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (e.g. severe immunosuppressed persons). By getting vaccinated, you help to protect others and reduce the number of infections.
  • The coronavirus has a great impact on social and economic life. The fewer the infections, the sooner we will be able to return to a normal lifestyle. Vaccination can thus reduce the negative social, economic, psychological and health consequences of the pandemic.
  • Finally, vaccination will reduce the overload on hospitals, as fewer people will be severely ill, and it will therefore allow our health system to continue to function properly.
     

 


Vaccination registration

See FAQ contained under Registration for vaccination leaflet

 


Vaccination for young persons aged 12 to 15 years

Is vaccination against Covid-19 for teenagers aged 12 to 15 years recommanded?

Yes, to protect persons aged 12 to15 year olds against COVID-19, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Federal Commission for Vaccinations supply the Pfizer vaccine.

COVID-19 is an infection caused by a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It is mainly transmitted by sick people when they cough, sneeze, talk or sing. Even if people have no symptoms, they can transmit the virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can be strong or weak. Common symptoms are the following: sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, chest pain, fever, loss of taste and smell. More rarely, one may experience a headache, weakness, muscle pain, sneezing, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach ache or flushing.

Most of the time, the disease is mild among people aged 12 to 15 years - often they do not even have any symptoms. In rare cases, however, young people aged 12 to 15 can have severe or long-lasting form of COVID-19.

For more information: See FOPH documentation : COVID-19 vaccination now also possible for young people aged 12 and over Find out more now

 

What is the parents' role with regard to vaccination of adolescent aged 12-15 years?

Following the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health and the Federal Commission for Vaccinations, adolescents aged 12 and over may decide independently in favour of vaccination, if they are capable of judgement and after having received information on vaccination.

It is nevertheless advised that adolescents aged 12 to 15 discuss an individual action plan for vaccination against COVID-19 with their parents or another trusted person.

It is recommended that a parent(s) accompany the adolescent to his/her vaccination appointment.

 

Why vaccinate persons aged 12 to 15 years against COVID-19?

Among adolescents aged 12 to 15 years without chronic diseases, a severe course of illness or complications may also occur, but these are much less frequent than among older people.

Vaccination is particularly beneficial for adolescents:

a) if they are chronically ill, to avoid a worsening of their condition in case of COVID-19 infection;

b) if they have close contact with vulnerable people, such as the elderly or people with diseases such as cancer or who are taking medicines that lower their immunity.

 

Which vaccine is used for young people and how is it administered?

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine that is licensed today for 12 to 15 year olds. It is an mRNA vaccine.  This vaccine, which is very effective for adults, is also effective for 12 to 15 year olds. It protects not only against the disease but also against the transmission of the virus to other people.

You are protected for 12 months after the last dose of vaccine and you will not need to quarantine yourself during this time.

You need two doses of Pfizer vaccine, at least 3 weeks apart, to be well protected. If you have already been ill with COVID (and have had a test or blood test for this), one shot is sufficient. The vaccine is injected into the arm muscle.

After the injection of the vaccine, you should stay in place for 15 minutes for observation following the first dose and only 5 minutes after the second dose, if everything went well during the first dose.

 

What are the risks or side effects from the vaccine for young people?

The Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective. Like all medicines, it can cause side effects. These are usually mild and short-lived. The most common side effects are reactions at the point of injection, such as pain, redness and swelling. One may also experience headache and fatigue. There may also be pain in the muscles or joints, shivering and fever.

A serious side effect cannot be excluded with certainty, but it is very rare. Very occasionally, a severe allergic reaction may occur, usually within minutes of the injection. This is why you should stay for a short time after the injection so that the vaccination centre staff can observe you and react by giving medication if necessary.

 

Must one continue to respect the rules if one has been vaccinated?

Everyone, regardless of age, should continue to follow the rules set by the health authorities to stop the spread of the virus, even after being vaccinated. 

 

 


Vaccines 

What are the vaccines used ? How do they work ?

In Switzerland, the vaccines currently used in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign are: Comirnaty® manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech and COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna® manufactured by Moderna.

For more information on the vaccines offered in Switzerland: www.infovac.ch and on the FOPH website

Studies that have been carried out on these vaccines show that they are the most effective.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved by Swissmedic on 19th December 2020.  This vaccine contains a part of the genetic segment of the coronavirus called “messenger RNA” or “mRNA”. The RNA code is found in tiny droplets of fat. The messenger RNA instructs cells to create a harmless piece of protein, which resembles the outside layer of the coronavirus. When the immune system encounters this protein piece, it recognizes that it does not belong there, and therefore creates the antibodies to fight it.  Through this process, our immune system is then prepared in case of infection and our bodies will be able to rapidly eliminate any coronavirus encountered. The messenger RNA injected with the vaccine is broken down and disappears completely after 1 – 2 days. 
 

What are the differences between the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines? Can one choose? 

There are few differences between the Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty® and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine Moderna.® The differences are the following:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine (Comirnaty) is licensed from the age of 16, Moderna's from the age of 18.
  • The vaccines contain different additives.

Many elements are similar or identical for both vaccines. The similarities are the following:

  • Both are mRNA vaccines.
  • Both have high efficacy, close to 95%.
  • Both products are well tolerated.
  • Two injections are required at an interval of about four weeks. If the time between the two doses is slightly longer, this does not affect the efficacy.
  • The second injection should be given with the same vaccine.
  • Both products contain polyethylene glycol (PEG). Vaccination against COVID-19 is contraindicated if you have a known strong allergy to this substance.

Currently, it is not possible to choose your vaccine. The vaccine administered will depend on its availability. The two vaccines authorised and recommended in Switzerland are effective and safe.
 

 


Safety and effectiveness 

What proof is there on the safety and effectiveness of these new vaccines ?

Many studies have been carried out to test the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. These studies were carried out in accordance with international standards. They have taken place in many different countries and thousands of people agreed to participate in this research.

These studies have shown: 

  • Verification that the vaccines aren’t dangerous for our health (safety)
  • Evidence that the vaccines protect us from the COVID-19 illness (effectiveness):  For each 100 persons vaccinated with two doses, 95 of them avoided any infection when exposed to the virus. The 5 people who were infected only developed a mild form of the illness.  

Based on these studies, Swissmedic approved of these vaccines. 

To date, more than 1.5 billion doses have been administered worldwide (including more than 3.5 million in Switzerland): With more than a year of hindsight and a very reliable system to monitor very rare complications, we can say that both vaccines are safe. 
  

Can an mRNA vaccine change my genetic code (DNA)?

No, because the small segment of genetic code (RNA) that is injected does not penetrate the nucleus of our cells where our DNA is located. It cannot therefore change our genetic code. Moreover, the injected RNA is very fragile and is automatically eliminated by our body two days after the injection. The RNA remains in the body just long enough to produce proteins that trigger the immune system's reaction, i.e. the production of antibodies. These proteins, too, disappear afterwards.

Although mRNA vaccines are a new technology, they have already been the subject of almost 30 years of research worldwide (first studies in 1993). A large number of trials and results are therefore already available.
 

 


Side-effects 

What are the possible side effects of these vaccines ?

The vaccines cannot cause COVID-19. Like most vaccines, these new ones can have mild side-effects. Such effects can appear on the day of vaccination or the day after. A few examples of some these are:

  • Slight discomfort around the area of injection (swelling*, redness, pain)
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness
  • Other mild forms of inflammatory reactions caused by the activation of the immune system. 

These reactions are normal and not dangerous. They may last between 1 and 3 days. They can be treated with paracetamol and do not need medical care. Pain can be treated with a cold pack. 

Moreover, there is no correlation between the presence (and degree of intensity) of side effects following a vaccine and its effectiveness on the immune system. Anyone vaccinated with the vaccines used in Switzerland against COVID-19 will be protected against the severe forms of the disease, whether or not they experienced side effects following vaccination.

* A temporary inflammation at the injection spot has occasionally been observed after the COVID-19 vaccination called "COVID arm". This consists of redness and swelling, sometimes significant, which appears on the arm in where the vaccine was administered. These reactions usually occur about a week after vaccination. They are unpleasant but harmless, disappear after a few days without treatment, and have no long-term consequences. You can apply a cold pack to reduce the effects. If the discomfort is too great, contact your doctor, who will tell you how to alleviate it specifically. The second dose of the vaccination can and should be administered. It is recommended that the second dose be injected in the other arm instead.

Very rarely, severe side effects are observed, for example an allergic reaction (risk of less than 1 in 100,000 people). This reaction occurs within minutes of the injection and is quickly controlled with immediate medical attention. For this reason, vaccinated persons are monitored for at least 15 minutes after the injection.

No serious and long-lasting side effects are known to date. The authorities and vaccine manufacturers continue to monitor and collect data on side effects. If you experience serious side effects that are not listed above, contact your doctor.

You can find more information on side effects in Switzerland on the Swissmedic website.
Side effects of COVID-19 vaccines in Switzerland – update

 

I have an appointment to be vaccinated but afterwards I have to get tested because I am going to travel. Do I risk having a positive test result for COVID-19? Should I cancel my vaccination?

Even if you have been vaccinated and obtained your COVID-19 certificate, countries may not recognise the vaccines in Switzerland and/or, depending on the epidemiological situation, may require a test (PRC or antigenic) in order to cross the border.  

In all cases and whatever the time between your vaccination (first or second) and the test performed (PCR or antigenic), mRNA vaccines do not result in a positive PCR or antigenic test. You should therefore not cancel your vaccination appointment. 

If your test is positive, it could only be because you have been in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2.

 

 


Counter-indications 

For whom is vaccination not recommended ?

The vaccine is not currently indicated for children under the age of 12 years because studies conducted to date have not included this population and there is a lack of data.

There are some people who would be advised to ot receive a vaccination (in medical terms it is “contraindicated”):

  • People who have had a previous serious allergic reaction to any vaccine or its composites

Other people who may have to wait before getting vaccinated include:  

  •  People who have had COVID-19 recently. It is recommended to wait three months after the start of any symptoms to get vaccinated.
  • People who have an acute illness (fever, etc..). 
  • People in quarantine 
  • Pregnant women during the first term of pregnancy*

* Laboratory tests on the administration of a vaccine during the first 3 months of pregnancy do not however indicate any direct or indirect adverse effects on pregnancy, embryonic/fetal development, birth or postnatal development. Since 28 May 2021, vaccination is recommended by the FOPH for all women who are pregnant in their second or third term, and who are either healthy, vulnerable (i.e. chronically ill) or at increased risk of exposure (e.g. healthcare workers).

 

Can I get vaccinated if I have seasonal, food, or medication allergies?

There are virtually no contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccines. People with seasonal, food or medication allergies can be vaccinated without any problem. In addition, each person vaccinated is monitored for 15 minutes after the injection so that severe allergic reactions, which almost always occur immediately, can be treated immediately.

However, the COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended for people with a proven severe allergy to one of its components. For the vaccines used in Switzerland, the components concerned are polyethylene glycol (PEG)/macrogol in the BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and/or tromethamine in the Moderna vaccine.

However, allergic reactions to both vaccines available in Switzerland are very rare. If you have had a severe allergy after an injection (including a vaccine), it is recommended that you seek advice from your GP or allergist.

 

I am under quarantaine, can I get vaccinated?

No, your vaccination should be postponed until after your quarantine period. If an appointment has already been made, you should call the vaccination centre where you were registered to reschedule.
 

I am in isolation, can I get vaccinated?

No, vaccination is not indicated during an ongoing COVID-19 infection implying a period of isolation. Vaccination should be delayed for either three or six months (depending on state of health) because the infection provides at least three months of natural immunity that protects against re-infection.
 

 


Pregnancy 

Should pregnant women get vaccinated?

In Switzerland, more than 200,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated. The data show that vaccination is safe for both the mother and the foetus. Vaccination has no known effect on pregnancy or fertility.

The vaccination recommendation for pregnant women has been broadened by the FOPH since 28th May 2021.

Now all pregnant women have the possibility to be vaccinated against COVID-19, under the conditions below:

  • Vaccination with mRNA vaccines is recommended to all pregnant women with one of the chronic diseases defined for people vulnerable to COVID-19 as well as those with an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, subject to information and assessment of the benefits and risks of vaccination given by the gynaecologist, and the written consent of the patient.
  • In addition, all pregnant women who wish to be vaccinated have the possibility to do so, subject to the same requirements.
  • Vaccination is recommended from the 2nd term onwards. 

Pregnant women should have received from their gynaecologist all necessary information and risk/benefit assessment regarding vaccination and their written consent will be needed too.

 


Immunity and vaccination coverage 

For how long is one protected by the vaccine against COVID-19?

Maximum vaccine protection begins two weeks after the second dose of vaccine. 

The full length of on-going protection is not yet known. It could be somewhere between a few months and a few years. The effectiveness of the vaccine will be more certain once it has been tested on populations that have not been included in phases two and three of the trials. A booster vaccine might be necessary after one, two, three, five or ten years.   
 

Can we drop other protective measures, one vaccinated?

No, protective measures are still necessary because even if vaccination protects against a severe form of the disease, it is not yet known for sure whether being vaccinated prevents the virus from being transmitted. Protective measures (hand hygiene, wearing a mask and social distance) remain essential, even for vaccinated people.
 

Does vaccination imply the end of the pandemic?

No, vaccination primarily protects those who are vaccinated against a severe form of the disease. The more people who are vaccinated, the less the virus circulates. However, it is not expected that group immunity will be sufficient to curb the epidemic in the coming months.
 

Do virus mutations (variants) affect the vaccine ?

Since its appearance, the virus has undergone several mutations and several variants are currently circulating around the world. Initially named after the country where they first appeared, some of the most common variants were renamed in June 2021, following a decision by the World Health Organization (WHO): 

  • Alpha is the so-called "British" variant, or B.1.1.7 ;
  • Beta is the so-called "South African" variant, or B.1.351 ;
  • Gamma is the so-called "Brazilian" variant, or P.1;
  • Delta is one of the so-called "Indian" variants, or B.1.617.2 ;
  • Kappa is its close cousin, also known as "Indian", or B.1.617.1.

The COVID-19 vaccine also protects against the variants of the coronavirus currently circulating in Switzerland. The mutations observed do not call into question the protection of the vaccine because the mutations do not affect the elements that determine the protective mechanism of the vaccine.

The Swiss health authorities are closely monitoring the development of new variants at the international level. If necessary, it should be possible to modify the vaccine accordingly.

In the case of an epidemic, it is possible that new variants emerge. Vaccination slows down the spread of the virus, thereby limiting the appearance and transmission of new variants. The less people get vaccinated, the higher the risk that variants will multiply.
 

I am vaccinated? Can I still be infected and in which case, what must I do?

Although vaccination provides very high protection against infection (about 94% with two doses of vaccine to prevent infection and severe forms of COVID-19), infection is still possible. Thus, even if a person has been vaccinated, he/she can be infected and can transmit the virus. 

All people who test positive for COVID-19 should go into isolation, including vaccinated people. As with any person who tests positive, the cantonal medical service is informed of the test result and will carry out a family and friends survey to identify close contacts, and will formally announce the isolation. 

 

 


Administrative aspects 

How much does the vaccine cost?

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are free. The costs are covered by health insurance (with no excess chargeable), the cantons and the State. Vaccination is not subject to any deductible or part-payment. 
 

How must one register for vaccination ? Must one systematically register online using the vaccination registration platform ?

Registration is done on the internet and requires a mobile phone number to confirm the registration.

For those who have difficulty registering online and are unable to get help from a relative, various options are possible without necessarily having to use the online vaccination registration platform:

  1. By calling the COVID-19 general information line (0800 909 400) to register on the on-line registration platform.
  2. By registering directly in two other pharmacies in Geneva (Phamacie Bleue at Vesenaz and Pharmacie du Mandement in Satigny). They will be vaccinated there.
  3. By contacting the Geneva Red Cross
  4. Walk-in vaccination (18+ only) in a shopping centre (Praille or Balexert) in partnership with the Pharmacie Principal group (Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm or Saturdays from 9am to 5pm)

 

Where is one vaccinated ?

There are currently several vaccination centres in Geneva. Consult the list.

Though one ticks a choice of boxes for various vaccination centres while registering on the internet, appointments are currently attributed according to the "first registered, first served, first available spot" principle. So one's first choice is not necessarily the centre which one will be attributed.

It is also possible to go directly to several pharmacies and get vaccinated.

What if I am a cross-boarder commuter ?

Cross-border commuters covered by compulsory health insurance in Switzerland (LAMal) can be vaccinated in Switzerland in accordance with the vaccination recommendations. The cost is covered by the compulsory health insurance, the Confederation and the cantons.

Cross-border commuters who are not insured in Switzerland but who, because of their professional activity in Geneva, are exposed to a risk of infection (e.g. health personnel in contact with patients or care personnel in homes and EMS) can also be vaccinated in our country according to the same procedure, and will have to present a certificate from their employer. 

Cross-border commuters who are insured abroad (i.e. not under the LAMal scheme) and who do not belong to the exposed professional categories must be vaccinated in the country where they are domiciled.
 

Does one receive a vaccination certificate or a record mark in one's vaccination leaflet ?

A certificate is issued by the vaccination centre for each COVID-19 vaccination:

  • the first is an intermediate certificate of vaccination;
  • the second certificate gives a summary of the two doses. It provides information on the vaccine batch used in the COVID-19 vaccination, the name of the person vaccinated and the date of administration of the two doses.

People who receive only one dose of vaccine receive only the certificate for the first dose.

Vaccination certificates have no legal value, especially with regard to border crossings and international travel. It is neither a vaccination passport nor a COVID certificate. The latter is currently being developed by the Swiss federal authorities.

Anyone who has to travel or cross borders should rely solely on the screening tests that are currently recognised. 

Before any cross-border travel, it is necessary to obtain information from the consular authorities of the country to which one is going or from the authorities issuing the transport ticket, about all current procedures concerning the crossing of borders (type of recognised tests, possible quarantine requirements).

 

 


Can I be obliged to get vaccinated?

Vaccination against COVID-19 is a free decision for each individual in Switzerland.

The law on epidemics provides that the Confederation and the cantons can declare vaccinations compulsory for vulnerable groups of people and for certain people under very strict conditions. Here, it is not currently the case. Today many people want to be vaccinated and register, but the number of doses available is currently limited. This is why there is a waiting list for vaccination but all persons registered will be vaccinated.

 

 

 

Check also :

  1. Information regarding vaccination in various languages (FOPH)
  2. Information in 16 langages proposed by the Swiss Red Cross regarding vaccination against COVID 19 in Switzerland: Explanations in English, Albanian, Amharic, Arab, Spanish, Farsi/Persan/Dari, Kurdish, Portugese, Russian, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish) 

 


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.

 

7. Vaccination in numbers

As of 21st July 2021, 547,883 doses have been administered since the beginning of the vaccination campaign. 291,309 people have received their 1st shot and 256,574 people have received their 2nd shot.

 

8. COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Geneva

The vaccination campaign is now open to all people aged 12 years+.

End of July Closing of the Palexpo vaccination centre, the Carouge vaccination centre and the La Tour vaccination centre.
July Appointment-free vaccination in two shopping centres on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays (Centre commercial de la Praille from 11th July and Centre commercial de Balexert from 17th July) in collaboration with the Pharmacie Principale group.
Beginning of July

Closing of the vaccination centre of the Clinique générale Beaulieu, the vaccination centre of the Pharmacie populaire group (rue Carteret) and the vaccination centre in Cologny.

 

18 June Partnership with the FER : companies who are members of the FER may register for vaccination slots made available for their employees.
16 June Opening of registration for young persons aged 12-15 years old. Vaccination sheduled to start on 2nd  July.
14 June  Launch of a pilote vaccination project in a medical centre in Chêne-Bourg:  Centre Médical Opale 
19 May Opening of vaccination to all people in the 16-44 age group.
10 May

Opening of the vaccination centre in Cologny (Clinique Hirslanden-Grangettes) with a potential injection capacity of 4,00 doses per day.

Launch of two pilot projects for registration and vaccination in pharmacies (Pharmacie Bleue in Vésenaz and Pharmacieplus du Mandement in Satigny).

3 May Launch of a project for the co-management by the Pharmacie Populaire group of the COVID-19 vaccination schedule (project intended for vulnerable people aged 65+ for whom computer tools present a technological barrier with regards to their online registration.
19 April Opening of a vaccine site at Palexpo with a potential injection capacity of 4,000 doses per day, which will be managed by the association of Geneva doctors (AMGe) and the association of pharmacy owners of the canton of Geneva (PharmaGeneve)
12 April Opening of the vaccination to 45-54 and 55-64 age groups 
6 April Opening of the vaccination to all health professionals and socio-sanitary categories in contact with patients or vulnerable persons (Group II)
April and May Increase in vaccine deliveries: between 18,000 and 20,000 doses should be supplied each week in Geneva (half Moderna and half Pfizer), making it possible to double the number of vaccinations per week and to gradually extend vaccination to other population groups depending on registration, and then to the entire population
22 March 

Opening of a new vaccination centre on the Hospital de la Tour site

Opening of vaccination to staff and residents in facilities for people with disabilities

17 March People aged 65+ have priority for vaccination registration
23 February Following the delivery of 5,000 doses of vaccine, the vaccination programme in vaccination centres is opened to adults with high vulnerability criteria (who have requested and received a certificate from their general practitioner proving that they have priority access for vaccination against COVID-19) and also, on their workplace, to health workers in contact with high-risk people
25 January  Opening of two new vaccination centres: Clinique Générale Beaulieu and Clinique des Grangettes
20 January  Opening of a vaccination centre at the Geneva University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)
As of 18 January 2021 Delivery of the third consignment of Pfizer vaccines
People aged 75+ and highly vulnerable adults, regardless of their age, have priority for vaccination registration
15 January  Delivery of the first consignment of Moderna* vaccines
As of 4 January 2021 Delivery of the second consignment of Pfizer vaccines and beginning of the vaccination of people aged 75 years+ in social medical institutions (EMS), in certain units of the HUG and in three vaccination centres (M3 Sanitrade, Clinique et permanence d'Onex, Clinique de Carouge
23 December 2020 Delivery of the first consignment of Pfizer* vaccines and beginning of the vaccination of people aged 75 years+ in a residential home for the elderly (IEPA) (as of December 28th)

 

*Vaccines against COVID-19

In Switzerland, the vaccines currently used in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign are the following:  Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty® and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine Moderna.®

More information (in French) on the vaccines available in Switzerland : www.infovac.ch  and FOSP website.

 


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.