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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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Sweden's Public Health Agency is recommending that those above the age of 80 should receive two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn, as it shifts towards a longer-term strategy for the virus.

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In a new recommendation, the agency said that those living in elderly care centres, and those above the age of 80 should from March 1st receive two vaccinations a year, with a six month gap between doses. 

“Elderly people develop a somewhat worse immune defence after vaccination and immunity wanes faster than among young and healthy people,” the agency said. “That means that elderly people have a greater need of booster doses than younger ones. The Swedish Public Health Agency considers, based on the current knowledge, that it will be important even going into the future to have booster doses for the elderly and people in risk groups.” 

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People between the ages of 65 and 79 years old and young people with risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes, poor kidney function or high blood pressure, are recommended to take one additional dose per year.

The new vaccination recommendation, which will start to apply from March 1st next year, is only for 2023, Johanna Rubin, the investigator in the agency’s vaccination programme unit, explained. 

She said too much was still unclear about how long protection from vaccination lasted to institute a permanent programme.

“This recommendation applies to 2023. There is not really an abundance of data on how long protection lasts after a booster dose, of course, but this is what we can say for now,” she told the TT newswire. 

It was likely, however, that elderly people would end up being given an annual dose to protect them from any new variants, as has long been the case with influenza.

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