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Inside Switzerland’s two new, large-scale Covid-19 vaccination centres

The neighbouring Swiss cantons of Geneva and Vaud inaugurated their “vaccinodromes” on Monday, as a way to pick up the sluggish pace of inoculations.

Inside Switzerland's two new, large-scale Covid-19 vaccination centres
Health workers in a vaccination centre in Lausanne. Photo: VALENTIN FLAURAUD / AFP

Similar to the already existing mega centres in Zurich and Basel, the two new venues have the capacity to immunise several thousand people each day.

Outside a vaccination centre in Vaud. Image: AFP


Located in Hall 3 of the Palexpo exhibition centre, this 2000-square-metre space has 157 booths where vaccines can be administered simultaneously.

The canton is expecting to give up to 4,000 shots each day — about half of the total number of Covid inoculations Geneva is expecting to administer daily.

To speed up access to vaccinations, appointments are allocated wherever in the canton space is available, which may not necessarily be the Palexpo centre, authorities said.

Palexpo vaccinodrome. Photo by République et canton de Genève

Registration for the vaccine and appointments can be made here.

EXPLAINED: How Switzerland is speeding up its vaccination programme


The new venue, located at the Beaulieu conference centre in Lausanne, will administer up to 16,000  vaccines each day, the canton said.

“The opening of the Beaulieu centre is a very important step in the fight against the coronavirus, and a sign that the vaccine doses are finally available”, said Rebecca Ruiz, head of Vaud’s Public Health Office. 

Registrations and appointments for Beaulieu or any of the other vaccination centres in Vaud can be made on this site.

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  1. Hmm. Good progress but keep the masks on. Luke<14 forsake everything, everyone, and yourself for Him
    Luke<12, Matthew 6 Sell everything and give all away to poors, but keep your giving in secret
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    Matthew<28 share the Truth of J to everyone
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Fire next to Geneva Airport disrupts flights

Flights to and from Geneva Airport were temporarily disrupted on Friday after a major fire broke out just beyond the perimeter fence, a spokesman for Switzerland's second-busiest airport told AFP.

Fire next to Geneva Airport disrupts flights

Black smoke could initially be seen spewing from a construction site intended to be a future centre for asylum seekers.

“Due to a fire at the edge of the runway, landings and take-offs have been suspended since 5:35pm (1535 GMT),” the airport said on Twitter.

“A reopening of the runway, for take-offs initially, is envisaged around 7:00pm (1700 GMT).”

Airport spokesman Ignace Jeannerat in the evening told AFP that the fire was “under control”, but staff needed to “secure the area and remove the debris”.

The fire was “outside the airport perimeter” and “creating a lot of smoke”, he said.

At around 1630 GMT, an AFP journalist noted that there were no visible flames or smoke. Firefighters continued to hose down the building, which is surrounded by scaffolding and tarpaulins.

Some inbound flights were diverted to Lyon and Basel.

Geneva is Switzerland’s second-busiest airport after Zurich. Wedged in on the edge of Swiss territory, the runway is next to the border with France.

In 2021, the airport welcomed more than 5.9 million passengers, down from the pre-pandemic level of nearly 18 million in 2019.