Zurich to set up ‘vaccination village’ at main train station

Authorities in Zurich will set up a “vaccination village” at the HBF in November as part of the country’s vaccination offensive.

Zurich's Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)
Zurich authorities will set up a 'vaccination village' at the HBF to encourage people to get the jab. Photo by Tomek Baginski on Unsplash

The Impfdorf will be in the main hall of Zurich central station. 

In addition to providing information on the vaccine for those who may still be unsure about whether or not to get the jab, there will be medical staff on site who can administer vaccines without appointments. 

The village will only offer vaccinations to those who have not been vaccinated yet, with people wanting booster shots told to go elsewhere. 

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The village, which Swiss authorities say will resemble a Christmas market, will include multi-lingual staff and a number of representatives from migration agencies. 

Switzerland’s foreign population has a lower vaccination rate than that of the native born. With around 25 percent of the country’s residents foreign born, this at least in part accounts for the low vaccination rate. 

“We want to prevent the hospitals and their staff from coming under pressure again soon and interventions having to be postponed,” said cantonal health boss Natalie Rickli when making the announcement on November 3rd. 

Zurich’s vaccination rate is higher than the national average. 

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In total, 66.4 percent of Zurich residents are vaccinated, compared to 63.8 percent on a nationwide basis. Only Vaud, Ticino and both Basel cantons have a higher vaccination rate. 

Switzerland’s vaccination offensive will include a vaccination week from November 8th to 14th, where events will take place encouraging people to get the jab. 

On November 12th and 13th, pharmacies will be open until midnight offering vaccinations. 

More information about Zurich’s vaccination drive can be found here. 

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REVEALED: What are Zurich’s most popular baby names?

Zurich’s most popular baby names from 2021 have been revealed. A strong trend towards short names has emerged - and there’s barely an Urs or Ursula in sight.

REVEALED: What are Zurich’s most popular baby names?

On Thursday, Zurich council published its list of most popular baby names in 2021. 

During 2021, 5,251 babies were born across the canton, which is Switzerland’s most populous. 

On top of the list for boys was Noah, with 27 of the boys born last year receiving the biblical name. 

The leader for the girls was a little more controversial, with two different names laying claim to the crown. 

While 28 of the girls born in Zurich last year were called Olivia, there were 44 girls born in total with a variation of Sophia/Sofia. 

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Short names dominated both lists, with Emma, Anna, Ella and Mia ranking high for girls, alongside Leo, Louis and Theo for boys. 

Another trend is that diversity is on the slide in Zurich, with fewer names given than in previous years. 

Swiss tabloid Blick reports that while 15 years ago there were 62 different names for every 100 people, there were less than 50 (48 for girls and 47 for boys) in 2021. 

Middle names are also on the rise in Switzerland, with 57 percent having one in 2021 compared to 48 percent in the 1990s. 

How does this compare to Switzerland? 

Although the 2021 figures haven’t been released for Switzerland, those from 2020 showed Noah was popular across the country as the favourite boys name. 

Olivia however was not even in the top five for girls names in Switzerland, where Mia, Emma and Mila were the most popular. 

Much like pretty much everything in Switzerland, there are significant differences between linguistic regions. 

In total, there were 461 Mias born in Switzerland last year, followed by 407 Emmas and 350 Milas.

Switzerland saw 507 Noahs born last year, followed by 372 Liams and 359 Matteos.

Mia and Noah are the most popular names in German-speaking Switzerland as well as in the country as a whole, which is of course helped by the fact that around 60 percent of Switzerland speaks German.

French-speaking Switzerland, also known as Romandie, saw Gabriel and Emma top the charts in 2020.

Sofia claimed top prize in the Italian-speaking part of the country, while Leonardo was far and away the biggest winner among the boys.

The situation is slightly different among Switzerland’s foreigners, with many opting to stick with names popular in their home countries, rather than those in Switzerland. 

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