How to get the coronavirus vaccine in Geneva

How to get the coronavirus vaccine in Geneva
A vaccination centre in Marseille, France, similar to that in Geneva. Photo: Nicolas TUCAT / AFP
Whether or not you are a member of a risk group, you will need to register in order to get the coronavirus vaccine in Geneva. Here's what you need to know.

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 Geneva?

As at May 2021, everyone over the age of 16 can register to get the jab in Geneva. 

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 One.Doc vaccination portal. 

The portal is available at this link in English. 

The canton warns that anyone contacting vaccination centres directly will not be allowed to make an appointment.

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 0800 909 400

If using a telephone isn’t really your thing, then you can register in person by going into one of the pharmacies of the Pharmacie Populaire group or by going to the Geneva Red Cross support service. 

How does the registration process work?

In order to register, you will need your insurance card (LAMal), a computer or tablet and a phone which can receive text messages. 

Geneva authorities encourage you to use a different device than your mobile phone you will receive the text messages on. 

As it says directly on the site: 

“It not advisable to register online using the mobile phone intended to receive the validation code, because if you leave the online registration website to retrieve this code, you risk losing all the data already entered on the registration website.”

A step-by-step guide on how to register is available here. 

Can I get the vaccine yet?

As at May 4th, 2021, Geneva is only vaccinating people in ‘risk groups’. 

This includes all people over the age of 45 and anyone younger than that who has a chronic illness. 

More information on Geneva’s priority list is available here

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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