The vaccination certificate from the family doctor or the vaccination center is to become a Covid-19 certificate that is internationally valid. This was said by a representative of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) in Bern on Tuesday. There will be no central storage of vaccination records.
Evidence of vaccination in paper form or in a blue or yellow vaccination booklet should be recognized as an international certificate.
As Patrick Mathys, Head of the Crisis Management and International Cooperation Section at the FOPH, explained, the certificate is now being drawn up. It is also possible that the proof can be given in digital form with the vaccination. “However, the responsibility for storage lies with the vaccinated person.” The evidence could not be called up in any system.
It is still unclear how the vaccinations that have already been given are to be recorded. You can read everything about this here.
Covid-19 certificate should be available by summer
The internationally recognized vaccination certificate will come by the summer. The Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) could not give a more precise time on Tuesday. Switzerland wants to comply with the requirements of the EU in order to guarantee the international recognition of the certificate.
Basically, there should be a certificate as soon as possible. “We are working flat out to ensure that this Covid-19 certificate is available by the summer,” said Patrick Mathys. More on the subject can be found here.
There is a strong demand for pharmacies to issue free self-tests
The self-tests will be available free of charge in pharmacies from Wednesday, April 7th. It is very important that not everyone storms the pharmacies on the first day, said Pharmasuisse President Martine Ruggli in front of the media in Bern on Tuesday.
The self-tests will be available free of charge in pharmacies from Wednesday, April 7th. It is very important that not everyone storms the pharmacies on the first day, said Pharmasuisse President Martine Ruggli in front of the media in Bern on Tuesday. She demonstrated the handling of such self-tests. (Video: Keystone-SDA)
It is not possible for pharmacies in the country to deal with a million customers in one fell swoop, explained the President of the Swiss Pharmacists Association Pharmasuisse.
She explained how big the challenge is to pack the self-tests by hand in bags of five self-tests per person: “That is a huge logistical challenge. We now have to hire people in a targeted manner, please be patient. ” All the details can be found here.
The pharmacies can use the health insurance card to see whether a person has already drawn their monthly ration of five free self-tests. People are also informed that they only have five free trials to benefit from.
“We hope that people will show solidarity,” said Martine Ruggli. “We can use the health insurance card to see whether a person has already drawn their ration.” You can read all the background information here.
Repetitive series tests are being expanded in the canton of Zug
The example of the canton of Zug shows, according to the Zug canton doctor Rudolf Hauri, that repetitive series tests are worthwhile. Series tests of this kind should soon be carried out in Zug with a population of 127,000 and around 20,000 people in schools, old people’s homes and companies.
Hauri emphasized on Tuesday in front of the media in Bern that individual corona outbreaks had been detected in the repetitive series tests in Zug schools. So far, there have only been minor transfers from schools to families. According to Hauri, self-tests are not suitable for these series tests.
Switzerland rules out going it alone for risk area Brazil
The interruption of flight connections to Brazil is currently not an issue for Switzerland. However, if neighboring European countries decide to take action, Switzerland would join in, as Patrick Mathys told the media in Bern on Tuesday.
The head of the Crisis Management and International Cooperation Section at the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) emphasized that the situation in Brazil is currently being monitored very closely. The Brazilian health system is on the verge of collapse. You can read all information here.