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UPDATED: When will coronavirus vaccinations start in your Swiss canton?

As at January 7th, only one Swiss canton is yet to start vaccinating people against coronavirus.

UPDATED: When will coronavirus vaccinations start in your Swiss canton?
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The first delivery of coronavirus vaccines – 107,000 doses – arrived in Switzerland on Tuesday, December 22nd. 

While the official mass vaccination scheme is set to start on January 4th, some cantons started the vaccination process as early as the 23rd of December.

As at January 7th, 2021, only one canton is yet to start its vaccination campaign – the de facto capital of Bern, running contrary to claims that politicians make sure the capital is looked after first. 

The other 25 cantons have already started vaccinations of the population – here's when vaccinations launched in each canton. 

If you want to register to be vaccinated – or to see if you're classified as 'high risk', check out the following link. 

READ MORE: How do I get vaccinated for the coronavirus in Switzerland? 

December 23rd

Appenzell Innerrhoden and Lucerne started vaccinating high-risk individuals on Wednesday, December 23rd.

This has been confirmed.

Several other central Swiss cantons hope to start vaccinations on the same day as well, including Uri, Schwyz, Zug and Obwalden. 

Nidwalden also started on December 23rd, with GPs rather than vaccination centres the preferred distribution method. 

EXPLAINED: What you should know about Switzerland's Covid-19 vaccination rollout 

December 28th

Basel City has confirmed it started vaccinations on December 28th. 

In the first phase of Basel City’s rollout, people aged 65 and over and residents of nursing homes will be vaccinated. 

Fribourg also started vaccinations on December 28th in nursing homes, while the first public vaccination centre is set to open on January 15th, Watson reports

Valais is another canton where vaccinations started on December 28th, along with Geneva. 

December 30th

Vaud was originally set to be one of the last cantons to start vaccinations, with a date of January 11th set. 

At the last minute however, they moved things forward to December 30th. 

January 4th

January 4th is the date on which the federal government said vaccinations would be rolled out across the country. 

Several cantons kicked things off on this date, including Ticino, Zurich (only over 75s), Graubünden, Glarus, Solothurn, Neuchâtel and St Gallen have planned to start vaccinations on January 4th. 

Jura has also started on January 4th, but that this was limited to sparse vaccinations in retirement homes, with the cantonal vaccination centre not set to open until January 18th. 

January 5th

Aargau will start its vaccination plan one day after the federal date, reports Watson. 

The first centres will open in the Aarau and Baden canton hospitals, while mobile teams will head out to start vaccinations at retirement homes. 

January 11th

The defacto capital of Bern will start vaccinating on January 11th. Watson reports that the centres of Bern-Insel, Bern-Wankdorf, Tavannes, Thun and Interlaken are set to open on this day. 

After that, the vaccination centre in Burgdorf will open on January 14th, and those in Biel and Langenthal will start on January 18th.

In Langnau im Emmental the time will come on January 25th.

 

 

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TAXES

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s tax deadline is just around the corner. Are Covid-related costs tax deductible?

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

March 31st is the deadline for filing taxes in Switzerland relating to the 2021 financial year. 

Over the past two years, the Covid pandemic has seen a change in our spending habits. 

While we may have saved on restaurants and travel, we laid out considerable costs on a range of new expenses, including disinfectant, masks and Covid tests. 

As some of these costs are required by law, can they be deducted from your tax?

In some cases, expenses directly related to the Covid pandemic can be deducted. 

Masks, for instance, can be deducted as medical expenses in some cantons, Swiss tax specialist Markus Stoll told 20 Minutes

This depends on the specific framework for tax deductions related to medical expenses in that canton. 

EXPLAINED: What can I deduct from my tax bill in Switzerland?

Generally speaking, any medical costs paid out of pocket can be deducted. However, most cantons impose a minimum percentage limit from which these costs can be deducted. 

In many cantons, this will start at five percent of your yearly income in total (i.e. including other out-of-pocket costs like dental or specialist visits), meaning you would need to purchase a significant amount of masks to beat the threshold. 

What about testing and vaccination?

Testing and vaccinations however were largely free as their costs were covered by the Swiss government, which means associated expenses cannot be deducted. 

Those tests which were not covered by the government – for instance for travel abroad or for visiting clubs – cannot be deducted, Stoll says. 

“Tests for travel abroad or to visit clubs are not deductible” Stoll said. 

For a complete overview of taxation in Switzerland, including several specific guides, please check out our tax-specific page here. 

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