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:
- It protects vulnerable people and reduces the number of seriously ill patients and deaths related to COVID-19.
- It will lead to fewer hospitalisations and ensure the maintenance of a properly functioning health care system for everyone.
- 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 and a form of ID (passport)
Places and times:
- Uni Mail (room M3389): Monday 18 October and Tuesday 19 October
- Sciences IIl (entrance hall): Thursday 21 October
- Uni Battelle (room BA 319): Friday 22 October
Schedule: 08:30 to 18:00 (last registration at 17h30). You will also be able to get your second vaccine on campus, in November. The date will be confirmed when you receive your first dose.
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
From 11 October 2021 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.
However, from 27 September 2021 until the end of the year, the Institute will be offering free saliva PCR tests for its community. This is to ensure that all of its members are still able to participate in courses and events regardless if they are vaccinated or not.
Two tests, per person, per week can be collected and dropped off from the Reception Desk. Drop off needs to be made before 09:30am to ensure same day results. Click here for more information.
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 24 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: email@example.com 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).