Switzerland promises Covid-19 passport ‘by the summer’

Swiss authorities have promised to put in place a coronavirus immunity passport - which entitles vaccinated people to various privileges - by summer.

Switzerland promises Covid-19 passport 'by the summer'
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In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Swiss authorities promised to put in place a coronavirus immunity passport “by the summer”. 

Patrick Mathys, Head of the Crisis Management and International Cooperation Section at the Federal Office of Public Health, told the press that an internationally coordinated vaccine certificate would be available in the coming months, but could not provide specifics as to the exact nature of the plan and when it would be delivered. 

“We are working flat out to ensure that this Covid-19 certificate is available by the summer,” Mathys said. 

As reported by The Local Switzerland previously, the plan is likely to allow those who have been vaccinated, as well as people who have tested negative and who have recently had the disease, to take part in certain activities. 

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On a domestic level this is likely to include attending events, playing sport and visiting restaurants, while at an international level it will include travel. 

Switzerland has already indicated it will take part in the European Union’s Covid-19 passport project. 

Nassima Mehira, project manager for Switzerland’s Covid-19 certificate plan, said the goal was to develop a plan which was compatible with neighbouring countries, but would also be Swiss specific. 

“It will be in addition (to the European plan). We develop our solution and orient ourselves to developments in neighbouring countries so that it is then compatible. It’s not that there will be a single solution.”

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Public Health Agency recommends two Covid doses next year for elderly

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.

Public Health Agency recommends two Covid doses next year for elderly

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.” 


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.