Several Swiss cantons start children’s Covid vaccinations

A number of Swiss cantons including Zurich and Aargau started vaccinating children against Covid-19 on Monday, while several others are set to follow later in the week.

Several countries have started vaccinating children against Covid
A number of Swiss cantons have already started vaccinating children against Covid, while more are set to follow later in January. Photo: Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

On Tuesday, December 14th, Switzerland formally approved Covid vaccines for children between the ages of five and 12. 

There are an estimated 600,000 children in this age group in Switzerland. 

On Monday, January 3rd, several Swiss cantons started administering vaccinations including Aargau, Bern, Graubünden, Uri and Zurich. 

From Wednesday, vaccinations will start for children in St Gallen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Schwyz. 

Vaccinations will start from January 8th in Schaffhausen and January 10th in Uri. 

Vaccinations have already been carried out in Zug (since December 31st) and in Lucerne (since January 1st). 

Registration is open in all cantons for vaccinating children. 

Experts believe vaccinating children is an essential step in reaching herd immunity and bringing the pandemic to an end. 

You can find out the information for each cantons, including how to register and the procedures they have in place, here.

For more information on the vaccination campaign for children in Switzerland, please click the following link. 

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about Covid vaccines for children in Switzerland 

Is the vaccine safe for children? 

“Clinical trial results show that the vaccine is safe and effective in this age group,” it said in a statement.

The Comirnaty vaccine is administered in two doses of ten microgrammes three weeks apart.

An ongoing clinical trial of more than 1,500 people “shows that the Covid-19 vaccine offers almost complete protection against serious illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 5 to 11-year-olds”, it said.

“Side effects tended to occur less frequently than in adolescents or adults. They included pain at the injection site and tiredness, or less frequently headache, aching limbs or fever,” the agency added.

In the United States, around 2.5 million children have been vaccinated. So far, there have been no evidence of serious side effects.

How can I get my children vaccinated against Covid in Switzerland?

Member comments

  1. Since there is no possibility of holding accountable those who make the vaccine for kids and those who give it the green light, one wonders why this is the case if they are so sure, including and especially the media.

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Covid boosters not available in Switzerland until autumn

The Swiss government will not make second Covid boosters available until autumn, saying those who are currently fully vaccinated face a low risk of contracting the virus.

Covid boosters not available in Switzerland until autumn

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) announced on Tuesday that second Covid booster shots for general population will be available in the fall, “when the risk for individuals and the burden on the healthcare system will be greatest”.

While Switzerland had a widespread booster shot campaign against Covid, the government has been reluctant to approve second boosters other than for those in vulnerable categories. 

Right now, those with a weakened immune system and people over the age of 80 are the only ones eligible. 

People not in those risk groups who want a second booster will need to pay out of pocket for the jab. 

This may be people who feel they are in a risk group but are not included in the government’s list, or those who need a booster for travelling abroad. 

People who are travelling to countries where proof of up-to-date immunisation is required but whose Covid certificates are no longer valid, can receive the fourth dose but upon request have to pay for the shot.

Previously, all Covid boosters have been free for Swiss citizens and residents, with the government electing to cover the costs. 

How much will a Covid booster for travel cost? 

While the federal government previously covered the costs of the vaccines, it is now up to individual vaccination centres to set a price for a second booster. 

A spokesperson from the FOPH told The Local on Wednesday that the cost tends to be around CHF60 across much of the country. 

Please keep in mind that this cost only relates to second booster shots for those not in vulnerable categories. For those wanting their first booster – or indeed their first or second shot of the vaccine – the government will continue to cover the costs.