The level of COVID-19 infections remains high. The first vaccination was administered on December 23. The Swiss government has imposed another raft of national measures to curb the spread of the virus. When the pandemic first struck, the government evoked emergency powers to centralise decision making, but it gave powers back to the cantons in the summer. Since then the country has been steering “the special Swiss way”, a middle course between shutting the economy and stemming the pandemic, without a full lockdown. Measures vary from region to region as the 26 cantons have autonomy on health matters. On December 11, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga said the federal government was “taking back control” in view of the “exponential increase” in cases.
COVID-19 vaccine considerations for Switzerland
- Can employers mandate the vaccine?
- Who will control delivery of the vaccine?
- Who covers the cost of the vaccine?
Public health service
- Where will people get vaccinated?
General practitioner’s office or pharmacy
- Is there cultural resistance to getting the vaccine?
Switzerland concluded three contracts with vaccine producers: Pfizer/Biontech over 3m. vaccines; AstraZeneca up to 5.3 m. vaccines and Moderna over 7.5m. vaccines. The vaccines of Pfizer/Biontech got approved by Swissmedic (Authority to approve medicine in Switzerland) and the vaccine started in Switzerland in December. The responsibility for the delivery of the vaccinations are the cantons in Switzerland.
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