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Zurich releases 30,000 new vaccination appointments in pharmacies

The Swiss canton of Zurich has released 30,000 new vaccination appointments in pharmacies.

Zurich releases 30,000 new vaccination appointments in pharmacies
Photo: Christof STACHE / AFP

The appointments are valid immediately and will be available in the city’s pharmacies. 

These appointments are only available to people 18 years of age and older, the city said in a press release. 

The main reason for this is that only the Moderna vaccine is used in pharmacies in the canton. 

This vaccine, unlike that from Pfizer/Biontech, has only been approved for people aged 18 and over. 

These are the only two vaccines that are being administered in Switzerland. 

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Those under the age of 18 who are eligible to be vaccinated must register to be vaccinated in the canton’s vaccine centres. 

These pharmacy vaccinations can now be booked using the city’s online registration system. 

More information about how to register for the vaccine is available in the following link. 

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

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Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic.