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More than 500,000 people have now been vaccinated in Switzerland

Switzerland on Thursday confirmed that more than half a million people have now been vaccinated - including 50,000 who have received a second dose.

More than 500,000 people have now been vaccinated in Switzerland
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Nora Kronig, the Deputy Director of Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health, confirmed on Thursday that Switzerland had now vaccinated more than 500,000 people

Of those, around ten percent – or 50,000 people – have received their second dose. 

Switzerland’s vaccination drive started in late December, with the government not releasing information as to vaccine numbers until late January. 

READ MORE: How can I get vaccinated for Covid-19 in Switzerland? 

Just under 700,000 vaccination doses have been delivered to the cantons as at February 7th, 2021. 

Which canton is vaccinating fastest against coronavirus? 

The situation is considerably different from canton to canton. 

Nidwalden has vaccinated the highest percentage of its population as at February 11th, with more than 10 percent, while in the canton of Bern the numbers are low – with just 3.42 percent. 

More information, including a canton to canton breakdown, is available at the following link. 

UPDATED: Which Swiss cantons are vaccinating fastest against coronavirus?

 

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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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