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CoVid-19 / SARS-2

2021-06-30 20:00 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

In view of the recent relaxation of anti-CoViD measures, we are meeting again physically.  Please consult our calendar for the latest information.

The Swiss Federal Government is introducing an EU-conform CoViD certificate for those presumed not to be infectious.  Details can be found on this page.  The certificate can be obtained on paper or registered in the "Covid Cert" app, which is available in the Apple App Store (for iPhones and iPads) and in the Google Play Store (for Android smartphones and tablets). 

Obtaining the certificate itself is managed by the individual Kantons.  In Zug it is obtained as follows:

  • Those who have recovered from CoViD should fill out and submit a BAG form which will be posted on the Zug Health Department website on June 16th.
  • Those who have already received two vaccinations will be notified by post or by SMS how to obtain a certificate.
  • Those who receive their second vaccinated on June 21st or later will receive a certificate onsite directly upon vaccination.
  • Certificates for negative antigen or PCR tests will also be issued onsite upon testing as of June 21st.  No certification is available for self-tests.
Details of the procedure in Zug are available (in German) on the Zug Health Department website.

On Wednesday, May 26th, the Federal Council announced further relaxation of the pandemic-related restrictions, effective Monday, May 31st.  The Kanton of Zug has not yet updated its information (in German) about the local response to CoViD from the Zug Health Dept yet, but is expected to do so soon.  The Federal regulations and recommendations can be found here.  Please note that restrictions still apply to those arriving from other countries.

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has also launched a website summarizing the recent statistics. An overview of the current measures and a list of FAQ are posted here 

All those in Kanton of Zug above the age of 45 who have registered have already received vaccination appointments.  The Kanton is therefore offering vaccination to everyone age 12 and above, including non-residents (e.g. commuters who work in Zug).  You can register for vaccination here Most pharmacies in Kanton Zug as well as few family doctors (GPs)  are also vaccinating against CoViD-19. Here are a few relevant articles (in German):

Two vaccines have received temporary approval for use in Switzerland.   The New England Journal  of Medicine (NEJM) has published answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the available vaccines.  It is possible that the seasonal flu vaccine will provide some cross-immunity, particularly for those who have received the vaccine annually over a long period of time.

Kanton Zug is now testing school children regularly, and the federal government is funding CoViD testing for anyone who wants to be tested effective Monday, 15 March.  You can be tested at the Andreas Clinic in Cham, at the Zuger Kantonsspital in Baar or at one of  the following pharmacies, but an appointment must be reserved in advance.

  • Apotheke Drogerie Moll in Steinhausen
    Tests in tents in the north garage P4 of the Zugerland shopping center Reserve an appointment at www.covidtestcenter.ch
  • Amavita Apotheke Zug
    Tests in a container behind the pharmacy on the Bundesplatz
    Reserve an appointment by phone (058 878 24 50)
  • Arkadenhof Apotheke Rotkreuz
    Reserve an appointment by phone (041 790 88 14)

You can also get up to 5 self-test kits per month, free of charge, at almost any pharmacy.  However, the demand has been high, so it is a good idea to call your preferred pharmacy in advance to make sure they have stock before going by to pick them up.

The Canton of Zug has established central coordination for those needing help owing to the pandemic.  For further information, please see this brochure or this article in Zug4You.  The Fachstelle Migration Zug (FMZ) also has a list of sources of information about the Swiss federal government's measures against CoViD-19.

For the latest news and authoritative information on CoViD-19, please consult the websites of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO)COVID-19 Information for Switzerland has excellent visualizations of the latest available data for Switzerland.  Another good source of statistics for Switzerland is this page from the Tages-Anzeiger, which is updated daily.  A good source of visualizations of international data is Our World in Data.

Many misconceptions about the virus and measures against it are in circulation.  Please refer to the WHO Myth-Busters page and the Wikipedia page, "COVID-19 misinformation" for details.  The independent British fact-checker is also a good source of verified information about CoViD-19 / SARS-CoV2.  Their website includes some good tips for assessing the veracity of information yourself.

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