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Press release

State of Vaud

Posted on December 29, 2020


Following the authorization granted on December 19, 2020 by Swissmedic for the first vaccine against COVID-19 in Switzerland, the Council of State wished to anticipate the implementation of its system. Initially scheduled for January 11, the vaccination campaign will begin on December 30. The objective of this strategy remains the same: first and foremost to protect the vulnerable.

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After a thorough review by Swissmedic in terms of efficacy and safety, the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech has been approved; it was thus able to be delivered to the cantons earlier than expected. The Canton of Vaud, which currently has around 3,000 doses, has decided to seize this opportunity to protect, as a priority, the most vulnerable by anticipating the launch of its vaccination campaign.

Thus, from December 30, mobile teams will gradually go to nursing homes and other institutions in the canton to vaccinate residents and the staff who take care of them. This anticipated phase will allow teams to implement the developed processes and refine team training.

As a reminder, each mobile team includes a caregiver to coordinate with the health authorities, as well as advice and medical supervision of civil protection on-callers hired to support vaccination and monitoring tasks.

Secondly, vulnerable people as defined by the OFSP, but not living in an institution, will in turn be vaccinated. Vaccination is currently the best way to protect them against severe forms of the disease. For these people, vaccination centers will be operational from January 11 at the CHUV and EHC (Ensemble Hospitalier de la Côte – Morges), then gradually during the month of January in the other health regions of the canton.

People who will be in 2021 in their 75th year, or who are older, will receive a letter a few days before the opening of the centers informing them of the possibility of being vaccinated as a priority, as well as a detailed procedure to follow for their ‘to register. They can also obtain more information via the Canton Hotline, on 058 715 11 00. As soon as vaccination opens to other groups of the population, they will be informed. Doctors’ offices and pharmacies will be integrated into the program. device subsequently, in particular because of the particular storage method of certain vaccines.

The vaccination is free and takes two injections four weeks apart. It is done on a voluntary basis, but the authorities strongly recommend it, because the more people there are vaccinated, the faster the normal course of our lives can resume. They therefore invite priority groups to take advantage of the coming days to reflect on the issue and make up their minds.

State of Vaud Information and Communication Office



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