Vaccinations, Tests and Certificates

From the 13 September, the Federal Council has decided to extend the COVID certificate requirement.

Download the infographic to see the latest regulations.

Vaccinations

The federal office of public health (FOPH), the federal commission for vaccinations, cantonal doctors, Swiss society groups of doctors and specialists recommend that you get vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated implies not only protecting yourself, but also protecting the most vulnerable population groups to whom you could transmit the disease.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended by the federal and cantonal health authorities for three reasons:

  1. It protects vulnerable people and reduces the number of seriously ill patients and deaths related to COVID-19.
  2. It will lead to fewer hospitalisations and ensure the maintenance of a properly functioning health care system for everyone.
  3. It will support the effort to address the negative social and economic consequences of this pandemic.

For more information, visit the Canton of Geneva's webpage.

 

Where and how to get vaccinated?

There are 3 options on how to get vaccinated.

1. Student only vaccination days

To enable those who do not yet have a Covid certificate to be vaccinated, the Institute has collaborated closely with UNIGE, HES-GE and the cantonal health authorities to provide you with dedicated days for our students to be vaccinated. It is available to all students whether or not they are affiliated to the LAMal (Swiss health insurance) , just turn up without an appointment and present your student card.

Places and times:
- Uni Mail (room M3389): Monday 20 September and Tuesday 21 September
- Uni Bastions (room B0015): Wednesday 22 September 
- Hall Sciences IIl (main entrance): Thursday 23 September
- Uni Battelle (room 432-33): Friday 24 September

Schedule: 08:30 to 19:00 (last registration at 18h30). You will also be able to get your second vaccine on campus, between 18 and 22 October.

 

- Haute école de santé - HEdS (Avenue de Champel 47, Geneva ) - infirmary premises: 1st dose Tuesday 28 September, 2nd dose 26 October
- Haute école de musique - HEM (Rue de l'Arquebuse 12, Geneva ) - Salle St Boniface, Plainpalais: 1st does Wednesday 29 September, 2nd dose 27 October

 

2. Walk in sites - Vaccination without an appointment

The Geneva population can now be vaccinated at various "walk-in" sites in the canton without an appointment.

Registration is done on site. Access to the vaccination depends on the criteria of residence and/or affiliation to a health insurance. Without the necessary documents for registration (identity card + residence permit + LAMal medical insurance card + legitimation card for expatriates), it will not be possible to be vaccinated.

Click here for dates and venues

 

3. Vaccination with an appointment

In Geneva, to be vaccinated against COVID-19, one may register online via the One.Doc vaccination platform. By choosing to use the online registration, you contribute to the optimal performance of the vaccination system by enhancing efficient management of the vaccine doses stocks required for the vaccination of the canton's population.

Click here to make an appointment

 

Tests

On 25 August 2021 the Swiss Federal Council decided to adjust the national testing strategy.

Until the 30 September 2021, the federal government will cover the costs as follows:

- PCR tests
The federal government covers the costs of individual PCR tests in the following cases:

You have a test on the basis of symptoms.
You have received a notification from the SwissCovid app.
You have been instructed by a cantonal authority or a doctor to have a test.
The federal government does not cover the costs of PCR tests in the following cases:

You need a negative test result for travel. In this case we recommend that you find out in advance how much it will cost.

- Pooled PCR tests
The federal government covers the costs of pooled PCR tests in the following cases:

You take part in organised testing (e.g. at work or for a camp).

- Rapid antigen tests
The federal government covers all the costs of rapid tests that you have done at a testing centre, at your doctor’s, in a hospital or at a pharmacy. These types of tests are thus also free of charge if you don’t have symptoms of the coronavirus.

- Antigen self-tests
In the following cases you are entitled to obtain 5 tests every 30 days from pharmacies free of charge:

You have still not been fully vaccinated.
You have still not been infected with the coronavirus.
You can also buy self-test kits in drugstores and retail outlets. You must pay for self-tests that you buy in drugstores or retail outlets yourself.

 

From 1 October 2021 the following applies:

The federal government will no longer pay for rapid antigen tests for asymptomatic people (e.g. for a test certificate). There are exceptions for:
- Children and young people under age 16
- People who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds (medical certificate required)
- People visiting healthcare institutions (no Covid test certificate issued)
Tests for symptomatic people and those who have had close contact with an infected person, and confirmatory PCR tests, will basically no longer lead to a Covid certificate
Self-tests will basically no longer be covered by the federal government

 

Certificates

Fully Vaccinated

As of 20 September, anyone who has been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and who is resident in or travelling to Switzerland will be able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate. This means that people who have been vaccinated abroad or have recovered abroad, such as tourists, can also participate in social activities here. Currently, only the certificates of countries using the EU Digital COVID Certificate are compatible with the Swiss system.

The documents can be submitted electronically. Each canton must designate a contact point for persons who have been vaccinated abroad. All cantonal contact points will be listed on a federal website. A federal working group (FDHA, FDFA, FDF) will oversee implementation together with the cantons and other agencies (data protection). The aim is to find a solution that is as efficient, straightforward and user-oriented as possible. In a transitional phase until 10 October 2021, all foreign vaccination certificates (e.g. WHO vaccination certificate) will be valid for access to events or facilities requiring a COVID certificate.

As in neighbouring countries, access to the Swiss COVID certificate will not be extended to all WHO vaccines. Exceptions are being made for Swiss citizens living abroad returning to the country, non-EU citizens working in Switzerland, employees of international organisations and accredited diplomatic staff, as well as students.

Vaccines currently authorised in Switzerland are Comirnaty® from Pfizer/BioNTech (2 doses), Spikevax® from Moderna (2 doses), Janssen from Johnson & Johnson (1 dose). This includes people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria® vaccine + second dose of Comirnaty® or Spikevax®.

Those who have been fully vaccinated from aboard with the one of the above vaccines and living in Geneva Canton will be able to obtain a COVID Certificate by filling in online the e-démarches COVID certificates application form

For other WHO approved vaccines, you may check whether you can receive a COVID certificate by applying for a certificate online, by filling in online the e-démarches COVID certificates application form. For all other cantons, please visit this website.

If you have been vaccinated with a vaccination that is not yet been approved by the WHO (emergency list), you may need to be re-vaccinated however email: dgs.autorisation-vaccin@etat.ge.ch with your vaccination details (plus inform them that you are a student) to see if you can obtain an authorisation for a waiver. They will inform you if you need 0, 1 or 2 vaccinations.  

 

Recovered from COVID

If you are cured of COVID-19, that is, your illness has been confirmed by a positive PCR test result (done by a professional with a result taking several hours) and you were ill less than 6 months ago, then you do not need to be vaccinated to receive the COVID certificate. You can apply online for a COVID certificate by filling in the online application federal form or through Canton Geneva COVID certificate application form. For all other cantons, please visit this website.

The certificate is valid for 6 months as from the 11th day after the test date (positive result).