Posted on10. June 2022, 17:35
For summer and fall vacations, a fourth vaccination is probably required in some countries. It has to be paid out of pocket. The most important questions and answers.
Currently, most countries have relaxed or abandoned their corona entry regulations.
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Restrictions may come back soon. Some countries also require that the last vaccination be no more than a few months old.
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So if you want to go on vacation in the summer or fall, you will have to be vaccinated for the fourth time.
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On Friday, the Federal Council announced that the federal government will not cover the cost of a fourth vaccination, which may have to be done in the summer or fall for holidays and business trips. So if you are traveling to a country where this vaccination is required, you will have to pay the costs yourself. The most important answers.
Where exactly is the fourth vaccination needed?
The Federal Council writes that “in individual cases” it may be necessary to administer another booster. Basically it depends on how long ago the last vaccination was. For example, in Italy, the third vaccination had to take place no earlier than nine months ago. Many other countries have largely relaxed the rules on corona entry. But: In some states, corona discharge cases are already growing rapidly. Experts expect that measures may become necessary again by autumn at the latest, which will affect travel as well. It’s a good idea to check the entry requirements of your destination country before booking. Certain countries and applicable entry requirements are listed on the federal Covid App.
How much does the fourth vaccination cost?
It is not yet clear. According to statista.de, corona vaccines cost from 20 to 35 francs per dose, depending on the contract and the manufacturer of the vaccine. In addition, there are costs incurred for medical practices, pharmacies or in the vaccination center. The price is set by the cantons and vaccination centers. “The federal government cannot make any binding price specifications,” says BAG.
Where can I get a fourth vaccination?
This is also not yet clear and will be communicated by the cantons in the coming weeks: “The date and the vaccination centers at which medically inadvisable travel vaccination will be available for a fee are individual depending on the canton,” says a BAG spokesman. Simon Ming.
Where can I log in?
It will also be different. Vaccination cannot be booked through the Swiss VacMe portal. For example, in the Canton of Bern, the timing of vaccination must be agreed directly with pharmacies and other vaccination centers.
Is the fourth vaccination already approved for everyone?
no For those who are not at risk, vaccination is done off-label, ie without recommendation from the FOPH or the Federal Immunization Commission. A second booster is recommended for people with severe immunodeficiency and is therefore still free. The first three doses of the vaccine also remain free.
Are there alternatives to vaccination?
Yes. You can also enter most countries if you can show a current negative PCR test result. It is expected that this will also be possible in countries where a fourth vaccination is required to be considered fully vaccinated.