A Swiss Covid certificate will also be available from next Monday for people who have been vaccinated abroad. Not only the vaccines approved in Switzerland are recognized, but also those approved in the European Union. This means that you can now also get certified if you have not only been vaccinated with vaccines from Pfizer/Biontech or Moderna, but also from Astrazeneca or Johnson & Johnson.
Not all tourists benefit
According to the Federal Council, the cantons are responsible for issuing the certificates. Now you need to define a point of contact that immigrants can contact.
Tourists can also get a certificate this way – provided they have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Switzerland or the European Union. For example, travelers from Asia or Africa who have received the Russian Sputnik or Chinese vaccine are excluded. You still have a choice but to take the test yourself every few days, for example if you want to go to a restaurant or an event.
The Federal Government issues a transitional regulation
Tourists who have been vaccinated with a recognized vaccine in transition are allowed to go to the restaurant without a certificate. It is sufficient if you provide the WHO Yellow Vaccination Handbook or other evidence of vaccination, testing or cure. The Federal Council announced that this phase will continue until October 10.
The changes mean the Swiss can now travel abroad to get the Astrazeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccine – and obtain a Swiss certificate for that. For people who are skeptical about mRNA vaccines, this may be an option.
A new vaccine for mRNA skeptics
However, the first non-flexible vaccine will soon be available in Switzerland. As Blake reported, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recently told cantons to prepare for early delivery of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccine has already been approved in Switzerland. According to the BAG, it should be used, among other things, in people for whom the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not suitable due to allergies.
Federal Chancellor Alain Berset, 49, made it clear at Friday’s media conference that not only health reasons are crucial. The vaccine “should be accessible to people who do not want an mRNA vaccine,” he said. It is important for the Federal Council to provide them with an alternative.
Exceptions for Swiss abroad and students
The FOPH justifies the fact that Switzerland does not approve all vaccines, but only those that have been approved by the European Union, with the aim of working with the European Union to find a unified and coherent solution as possible. At most, the EU can withdraw recognition of the Swiss certificate if Switzerland expands it to include vaccines not approved in the EU.
However, there are some exceptions: Swiss abroad, citizens of EU countries working in Switzerland, employees of international organizations, accredited diplomatic personnel and students also receive a Swiss certificate if they have been vaccinated with a Chinese vaccine, for example.
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