How to get the coronavirus vaccine in Bern

Whether or not you are a member of a risk group, you will need to register in order to get the coronavirus vaccine in Bern. Here's what you need to know.

How to get the coronavirus vaccine in Bern
A sign points the direction to a vaccination centre in German. Bern was the last canton to start vaccinations in Switzerland. Photo: Ina FASSBENDER / AFP

The administration of the coronavirus vaccine is carried out at a cantonal level in Switzerland. 

This means that in the most cases you will need to register with your cantonal authorities to indicate you want to get the jab. 

Some people do not have to register, for instance those living in assisted care facilities or who have high-risk conditions. 

More information about the Swiss priority list for the vaccines is available at this link

How do I register for the coronavirus vaccine in Bern?

On May 4th, 2021, everyone over the age of 18 is eligible for the jab in Bern

Registration does not equal an immediate appointment. However, once you register, you will later be contacted by the cantonal authorities to book in an appointment. 

Registration can be done online using the canton’s vaccination portal. 

The first step will be to complete a ‘self-assessment’ in the portal to see whether you are approved for the vaccine. 

Once you have done this, you will be told whether you are eligible. 

A link to the portal, which is only available in German or French, can be found here. 

The canton warns that anyone contacting vaccination centres directly will not be allowed to make an appointment without having gone through the portal first. 

Can I get the vaccine yet?

As at May 4th, Bern is still working its way through risk groups. 

More information about which risk groups are currently being vaccinated can be seen on the canton’s blog

Where can I get the vaccine? 

A list of vaccination centres is provided at the following link. 

What if I can’t work out the vaccination portal? 

People who may be a little uncertain about the portal and technology in general can still get the vaccine but will need to register the old-fashioned way.

People who have difficulties in registering, for instance technological or linguistic obstacles, are able to obtain help by contacting the general information line on 031 636 88 00.

Please note: This report should be used as a guide only and will not be regularly updated. Please use the official links above to get up to date information from cantonal sources.

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