COVID-19

Vaccination in Switzerland: the third dose for all will not arrive until next year

AwareNovember 21, 2021, 10:35 AM M.

The cantons are not ready to launch the booster shot. An infectious disease specialist from Zurich warns: if we don’t increase the vaccination rate, we could end up in the same situation as Austria.

AFP

The Federal Vaccine Commission (CFV) announced last week that it would recommend the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for everyone by the end of November. But now it is becoming clear that the majority of those under 65 will still have to wait until the new year for retirement, writes the “SonntagsZeitung”. The cantons want to focus first on those over 65 and none of them can guarantee that the third dose will be available to all before the end of December.

The reason for this delay? For the Health Directorate of the Canton of Bern, the vaccination centers no longer have the high capacities of last spring, because now qualified personnel must be recruited elsewhere. But there is another reason: the authorities are no longer willing to raise the necessary funds.

Given the growing number of Covid-19 cases in Switzerland, a high vaccination rate could prevent the worst, experts such as Huldrych Günthard, an infectious disease specialist at University Hospital Zurich, believe. He strongly criticizes the distraction of the cantons: “Now we must relaunch the vaccination campaign by all means and as soon as possible, even if that means calling the army or civil protection.” Otherwise, we will soon find ourselves in the situation that Austria is already in. ”Vienna has decided to confine its entire population and make vaccination mandatory from February 2022.

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