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How do you prove you have been vaccinated in Switzerland?

As at April 1st, just over 16 percent of the Swiss population has been vaccinated - with six percent receiving both doses. How do you prove you have been vaccinated?

How do you prove you have been vaccinated in Switzerland?
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In March, Switzerland announced it is working on a coronavirus immunity certificate which allows people to have certain privileges, from visiting restaurants to attending events and travelling. 

However, as the certificate – known as yet as a ‘green pass’ – is not expected until the summer, how do you prove you have been vaccinated? 

Here’s what you need to know. 

What proof do you get once you are vaccinated in Switzerland? 

Once you receive your doses, you will be given a signed vaccination certificate, which specifies, among other things, which vaccine was administered — the trade name, manufacturer, and batch number.

You will receive this document directly from the vaccination centre. More information is available here. 

This information will be entered into the myCOVIDvac electronic vaccination record. But this step is voluntary and will be done only if you give your consent. 

If you choose not to have a digital document, you can have the vaccination recorded in in paper format.

Why would you opt to have your information recorded electronically?

There are numerous advantages to having your vaccination record stores electronically.

Important information about your COVID-19 vaccination (name of vaccine received, dates of vaccinations, etc.) is stored securely in Switzerland.

You alone determine who may access your protected data.

Your e-vaccination record cannot be lost.

The e-vaccination record can be accessed online at any time and anywhere in the world if necessary.

You will be automatically notified at the time of the second vaccine dose – and also if a later booster is needed.

You can share the information with your doctors and pharmacists if you wish.

Should an international COVID-19 vaccination certificate be required at a later date, the stored information would serve as the basis for an international vaccination certificate.

Member comments

  1. You mentioned after 2 vaccinations you receive I signed certificate. Mine has the name of clinic, dates, dosage etc but they said they don’t sign it nor put the seal of the clinic. Any clarification?
    Also your list of people not required to pay does not include people like my wife who is a retired foreign swiss resident Permit C but does not have a Swiss health insurance. A recent Federal law stated she is covered for the vaccines but my canton Valais has no information on this. Advice also appreciated.

  2. I am very concerned about how this COVID thing is being managed now that I find out that the Swiss Medics is receiving money from the GAVI Alliance property of Bill and Melinda Gates who also have shares in 7 companies that produces vaccines, What about the gift of GOD to his Creation what is called IMMUNE SYSTEM?

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LIVING IN SWITZERLAND

Reader question: Can you drink in public in Switzerland?

Keen for a drink in the park but can’t face another public nuisance charge? Here’s what you need to know about drinking in public in Switzerland.

Reader question: Can you drink in public in Switzerland?
Can you have this much booze-fuelled fun in the park in Switzerland? Photo by Elina Fairytale from Pexels

The closure or restriction of bars and restaurants due to the pandemic forced people to get creative. 

Parks, river banks and squares became a place where people could meet up and have a picnic or just an after-work beer – without a paper bag or a police patrol in sight. 

While for people from English-speaking countries this may seem a little weird, drinking in public in Switzerland – like with much of continental Europe – was allowed well before the pandemic. 

In fact, drinking in public in Switzerland is not only allowed but it is an important part of socialising. 

Unless you’re hollering, littering and/or signing “it’s coming home” at the top of your lungs, drinking in public will not be looked down upon in Switzerland, i.e. it does not have the same social stigma it does in other places. 

Is drinking in public legal in Switzerland? 

Yes. Basically anyone who is allowed to drink is allowed to do it in public. 

People aged 16 and over can drink beer and wine in public, while the age is 18 and over for spirits. 

If you’re in the southern canton of Ticino, the age is 18 for all types of alcoholic drinks. 

Technically speaking, it is not illegal for someone under 16 to drink in public in Switzerland, but it is of course illegal for them to buy it. 

Several cantons including Aargau, Bern, Solothurn and Zurich have laws which prevent someone from providing alcohol to minors, although parents are given an exemption from these rules. 

This means that if you want to give your 13-year-old a sip of beer to (hopefully) freak him out with the taste and send him towards a life of boring, predictable sobriety, you are allowed to do so in public. 

Bars will often put drinks in takeaway containers if you want to get it to go, particularly if it’s in a glass container. 

How does this work? Is it mayhem all the time? 

Despite the freedom to drink, most Swiss public squares are actually more orderly than those you’d find in the UK, Australia or the United States. 

A major reason for this is that while drinking may be allowed, Swiss authorities look to police the conduct rather than the drinking itself. 

Public nuisance laws will be imposed quickly and you may be asked to move on if you’re becoming a bit of a pest. 

Keep in mind that the same is likely to happen in most bars. The focus is not the drinking, but the conduct in question. 

So there are no restrictions? 

Switzerland has toyed with the idea of alcohol restrictions in public places before, but they have largely been ineffective. 

Switzerland’s SRF news agency reports that the city of Chur put in place an alcohol ban in 2008, but it was not successful. 

Urs Marti, a council representative from the city of Chur, said it had the effect of punishing the wrong people. 

“The alcohol ban in open areas is difficult to put in place. You punish the wrong people when you hand out fines” he said. 

The rule had been put in place to prevent noise, violence, littering, vandalism and anti-social behaviour. 

Marti notes that each of those “can with other laws be targeted and minimised”. 

Switzerland does have some restrictions regarding alcohol which mostly relate to where you can purchase alcohol and what you can purchase. 

The sale of alcohol is prohibited or restricted at gas stations in some Swiss cantons, while the country’s Migros supermarket chain does not sell alcohol or tobacco. 

READ MORE: Is Swiss supermarket Migros about to start selling alcohol and cigarettes?

There are also some restrictions on the sale of alcohol at gambling establishments, educational institutions and swimming and fitness centres. 

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