Zurich launches coronavirus vaccination registration to general public

As of Monday, members of the general public can register to be vaccinated for the coronavirus in Zurich.

A coronavirus vaccine waiting room.
Photo: Christof STACHE / AFP

After a long wait, Zurich cantonal authorities opened up coronavirus registrations to the general public on March 29th. 

In the most cases, registration does not mean you can book an appointment just yet – but you can register your interest and you will be contacted when the jab is ready. 

However for those over 75 and for healthcare workers, you will be able to book directly by going online. 

Zurich, Switzerland’s most populous canton, is currently lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to vaccines. 

It is currently 26th of Switzerland’s 26 cantons. 

READ MORE: Why is Zurich’s vaccination rollout the slowest in Switzerland?

Cantonal authorities have said people in high risk categories will be prioritised. 

Vaccination centres are set to be opened in Zurich at the start of April, according to cantonal authorities. There are ten centres across the canton – the location of which can be seen here

How can I register to be vaccinated in the canton of Zurich?

The link to the canton’s ‘VacMe’ portal is available here. 

Further information is available on the cantonal website (in German).

For people without internet access – in which case, congratulations for reading this – you can get in touch on 0848 33 66 11.

People in high risk categories are however encouraged to discuss the vaccination with their doctor as soon as possible. 

UPDATED: Here’s how to register for the coronavirus vaccine in Zurich

There are an estimated 240,000 high-risk people in Zurich. 

Switzerland will decide who has access to the vaccine according to the following priority list. 

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Covid deaths in Sweden ‘set to rise in coming weeks’

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has warned that the number of weekly Covid deaths is set to rise, after the number of people testing positive for the virus rose for the sixth week running.

Covid deaths in Sweden 'set to rise in coming weeks'

According to the agency, an average of 27 people have died with or from the virus a week over the past three weeks. 

“According to our analyses, the number who died in week 27 (July 4th-July 11th), is more than died in week 26 and we expect this to continue to grow,” the agency wrote in a report issued on Thursday. 

In the week ending July 17th (week 28), 4,700 new cases of Covid-19 were registered, a 22 percent rise on the previous week. 

“We are seeing rising infection levels of Covid-19 which means that there will be more people admitted to hospital, and even more who die with Covid-19,”  said Anneli Carlander, a unit chief at the agency. “The levels we are seeing now are higher than they were last summer, but we haven’t reached the same level we saw last winter when omicron was spreading for the first time.” 

While 27 deaths a week with for from Covid-19 is a rise on the low levels seen this spring, it is well below the peak death rate Sweden saw in April 2020, when more than 100 people were dying a day. 

The number of Covid deaths recorded each week this summer. Source. Public Health Agency of Sweden
A graph of Covid deaths per day since the start of the pandemic shows that the current death rate, while alarming, remains low. Photo: Public Health Agency of Sweden

Carlander said that cases were rising among those in sheltered accommodation for the elderly, and also elderly people given support in their own homes, groups which are recommended to get tested for the virus if they display symptoms. The infection rate among those given support in their homes has risen 40 percent on last week. 

This week there were also 12 new patients admitted to intensive care units with Covid-19 in Sweden’s hospitals.  

The increase has come due to the new BA.5 variant of omicron, which is better able to infect people who have been vaccinated or already fallen ill with Covid-19. Vaccination or a past infection does, however, give protection against serious illness and death.