Almost ten percent of Swiss residents now vaccinated

The latest available figures show that almost ten percent of Swiss residents have now been vaccinated against coronavirus.

Almost ten percent of Swiss residents now vaccinated
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The figures, published by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health, show that 778,925 vaccinations have been administered across Switzerland – or 9.05 percent of the population. 

More than 100,000 people (102,098) have received both doses of the vaccine

The actual figure is expected to be slightly higher as the government only updates the vaccination information once per week. 

As with everything in Switzerland, strong cantonal differences remain – with some cantons’ vaccination rate approaching 15 percent. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Switzerland’s smallest cantons have hit the ground running when it comes to vaccinations. 

Nidwalden is in the lead with 13.96 doses per 100 residents.

Nidwalden is among those who started vaccinating first in Switzerland on December 23rd, along with Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz, Zug and Obwalden.

Uri has vaccinated the second most (13.42 per 100), followed by Glarus (12.21). 

Bringing up the rear is the capital Bern, which is perhaps no surprise as the canton was the last of Switzerland’s 26 to start vaccinations. 

The de facto capital didn’t start vaccinating until January 11th and now has 8.60 people per 100 vaccinated so far. 

Zurich, Switzerland's most populous canton, has carried out the most vaccinations, with 125,375 in total. 

Note: This story featured up-to-date information as at February 18th. Please click the following link for the most up-to-date information. 

UPDATED: Which Swiss cantons are vaccinating fastest against coronavirus?

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The essential Swiss websites you need to use for health matters

If you just moved to Switzerland (or even if you have lived here for a while), your learning curve about health-related matters in the country may be steep. These sites will help you find the information you need.

The essential Swiss websites you need to use for health matters

Staying healthy is probably one of your top priorities, but doing so in a foreign country is not easy.

That is why having some reliable resources that you can check out and follow will be helpful.

First: The Local

No, we are not doctors, but we have published a number of factual articles over the years about many aspects of healthcare in Switzerland that our readers find helpful.

You can find a compilation of these health-related stories here

Federal Office of Public Health 

Obviously, when it comes to matters of health, the Health Ministry has lots of information that will be relevant to you at one time or another.

Aside from matters of health policy (which is important for all residents of Switzerland), the site also has a regularly updated Infectious Diseases Dashboard to let you know what communicable illnesses are currently circulating in Switzerland — and how to avoid them.

It also provides age-specific health information and recommendations — for instance, for children and teenagers, as well as for the elderly.

Hospital websites

Individual hospitals in your area are good sources of information as well, and many of them are in English.

You can find there general health information, care and treatment options, online emergency room signup, new medical technologies being used, and other patient resources:

Geneva University Hospitals (HUG)

Vaud University Hospital (CHUV)

Zurich University Hospital

Basel University Hospital 

If you live in an area without a university medical centre, your local hospital is also a valuable source of health-related information.

Appointment booking platform

This website is especially useful for people who don’t yet have a doctor in Switzerland but need to set an appointment with one. 

It gives you an option of choosing a specialty and location, and then displays doctor’s names and addresses, background information about them, and which time slots they have available.

You can easily set up an appointment this way.

Your health insurer’s website

This may not be an intuitive choice for impartial information about healthcare but you may be surprised.

For instance, Sanitas insurance site has information about emergency care decisions, and how to void unnecessary medical treatments.

CSS has health information geared specifically to men and women.

Helsana talks about ways to combat stress and sleep problems.

These are just a few examples on what valuable tips you can find on your insurer’s website.

Websites devoted to specific medical conditions

If you seek information about a specific illness — such as treatment options in Switzerland — there are plenty of online resources for that as well.

For instance:

Heart and cardiovascular 



Mental illness 

General pain 

Other diseases 

Last but not least, while not related to health, these websites will also provide useful information for international residents:

The Swiss websites that can help you save money
The most useful website resources to help you get Swiss citizenship