Zurich to open two new vaccination centres for booster jabs

Authorities in Zurich will open two new vaccination centres at the beginning of December to help administer booster jabs.

A person waits to get a vaccine in Switzerland for Covid. Photo: Photo by Valentin FLAURAUD / AFP
A person waits to get a vaccine in Switzerland for Covid. Photo: Photo by Valentin FLAURAUD / AFP

The two centres will be located at Zurich-Oerlikon (Therese-Giehse-Strasse 6) and Bülach (Bülacher Stadthalle) and will be available to anyone who wants to get a booster vaccine. 

These will be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week and will together have a capacity of 3,000 jabs a day. 

Covid booster vaccinations in Switzerland: What you need to know

The existing vaccination centres in Affoltern am Albis, Triemli, Uster and Winterthur will also extend their opening hours to assist with the expected surge in people wanting a booster shot. 

Each of the canton’s vaccination centres will now offer booster jabs, along with 450 GPs and 100 participating pharmacies. 

Switzerland had been under fire for dragging its feet on the booster jab campaign, with some Swiss residents trying to cross the border into neighbouring countries in order to secure a third shot. 

READ MORE: Can Swiss get a booster vaccination in Germany?

Booster jabs for people aged 65 and over and those in risk groups have been administered in Switzerland since November 22nd. 

UPDATED: How can I get my Covid booster shot in Switzerland?

Peak Swiss medical agency Swissmedic on Tuesday approved booster vaccinations for everyone aged 16 and over. 

To be eligible for a booster jab, your second shot of the vaccine must have been at least six months ago. 

READ MORE: Switzerland approves Covid-19 boosters for everyone over 16

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Switzerland proposes travellers pay for Covid boosters

Under a new plan put forth by the Swiss government, anyone who needs a booster shot for travel abroad should pay for it out of pocket.

Switzerland proposes travellers pay for Covid boosters

While Covid shots were previously free for everyone in Switzerland, with the Swiss government picking up the tab, the country has been reluctant to issue a recommendation for a second booster.

As The Local reported on Monday, this means that many people’s most recent shot will soon be more than nine months ago, which is the date at which many Covid passes expire. 

READ MORE: What will Switzerland do about the ‘millions’ of expiring Covid certificates?

Although evidence of vaccination is not required domestically in Switzerland any more, it may pose issues in travel. 

Since many countries still require a vaccination certificate for entry, and as the second round of boosters is not yet available in Switzerland, this means that a large number of people may not be able to travel abroad.

Swiss health authorities: Travellers should pay for Covid boosters themselves

According to newest recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), people travelling abroad who need second booster doses must pay for the shots themselves.

As the fourth vaccine dose is currently recommended only for people with a severely weakened immune system, everyone outside of this group will be charged as yet undefined fee.

The proposal was sent to the cantons for consultation until June 1st.

If agreed on, the Federal Council will adjust the Epidemics Ordinance accordingly on June 10th.