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CoVid-19 / SARS-2

2022-08-04 08:30 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

During its media conference on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022, the Federal Council announced that all federal pandemic countermeasures will be discontinued, effective Friday, April 1st.  Certificates, masks, testing and isolation will no longer  be required by federal mandate. Individual cantons and institutions may still require any of the above at their own discretion.  Testing and isolation are still recommended for those exhibiting symptoms, even though they are no longer required.

In its media conference on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommended an additional booster (4th vaccination) for those with special health risks and for all persons over 80.  In addition, a general booster recommendation is anticipated in autumn for all persons over 16.  Details can be found in this article. Additional recommendations on how to protect yourself and other can be found here.

An overview of the current situation is available on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). There is also a Federal information hotline: +41 58 463 00 00.

Masks

Masks are no longer required by federal regulation in Switzerland, but may still be required by individual cantons and institutions.  In particular, many airlines still require the wearing of masks, and some countries still require that masks be worn in public transportation.

See this FOPH page for more information about masks.

Certificates

Certificates are no longer required within Switzerland, but EU-compatible certificates will continue to be issued to facilitate travel.

Further information on the CoViD certificate can be found on this page.  How to obtain certificates, their validity and exemptions can be found here. 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), in the Google Play Store (for Android smartphones and tablets) and also in the Huawei AppGallery.  Like the COVID Certificate app, the COVID Certificate Check app is also available for download free of charge from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Huawei AppGallery.

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

  • Those who have recovered from CoViD or were vaccinated abroad should fill out and submit a BAG form.
  • Those who have already received two vaccinations before June 21st should have been 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.
  • Those who haven't received the certificate for their vaccinations in the Canton of Zug or who have problems with the federal form for recovered patients should fill out this form from the Canton of Zug.
Details of the procedure in Zug are available (in German) on the Zug Health Department website.

Vaccination

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) now recommends an additional booster (4th vaccination) for those with special health risks and for all persons over 80.  In addition, a general booster recommendation is anticipated in autumn for all persons over 16.  Details can be found in this article.

Zug offers vaccinations to everyone age 12 and above, including non-residents (e.g. commuters who work in Zug) without appointment at the vaccination center in Baar, which is open for first vaccinations from 14:00 to 19:00, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, it is recommended to register for an appointment.  In addition, if you are over 12 and your original vaccination(s) are more than 4 months old, you can register for a booster shot. The center is open for boosters from 14:00 to 18:30, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Vaccinations with Pfizer/Biontech have also been approved for children over 5.  However, vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 is currently recommended only for children with risk factors, although millions of children in this age group have already been vaccinated in the U.S. without ill effects.  More information and links to registration forms can be found here.  For information about vaccinations for young children in the Canton of Zug, please telephone  +41 41 531 48 00. For vaccinations elsewhere in Switzerland, please consult this page.  The Federal information hotline for vaccinations is reachable at +41 58 377 88 92.

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has extended the recommendation for CoViD-19 vaccination to pregnant women (in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters) and nursing mothers. The available evidence clearly indicates that the benefits of vaccination for both mother and child far outweigh any risks.  Their is no clear contraindication for vaccination during the first trimester of pregnancy, and those in this group who wish to be vaccinated may do so.

Three vaccines have received temporary approval for use in Switzerland.   The New England Journal  of Medicine (NEJM) has published extensive information 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.  In addition, CoViD vaccines with a broader spectrum are under development and expected to be available in autumn of 2022.

Testing

Testing is no longer required by federal regulation, but it is still recommended for anyone with symptoms.  You may also need a test for travel.  You can be tested at the Andreas Clinic in Cham, at the Zuger Kantonsspital in Baar, at some family physician's practices or at one of  the following pharmacies, but an appointment must be reserved in advance.

  • Apotheke Drogerie Moll in the Zugerland shopping center in Steinhausen and in Unterägeri
    Reserve an appointment at www.covidtestcenter.ch
  • Amavita Apotheke Zug
    Reserve an appointment here or by phone (058 878 24 50)
The OneDoc website can help you find other test centers and reserve an appointment.

Please note that many test centers are closing due to reduced demand. You may wish to call for confirmation before going to get tested.

Please see this Health Department web page for further details.

Further Information

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 (in German) from the Tages-Anzeiger, which is updated daily.  A good source of visualizations of international data is Our World in Data.

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 More detailed information on Federal regulations and recommendations can be found here.  There are also restrictions which apply to those arriving from other countries.

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 fullfact.org is also a good source of verified information about CoViD-19 / SARS-CoV2.  Their website also includes some good tips for assessing the veracity of information yourself.

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