Switzerland is advising its citizens to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the spring and summer. This is even for people who are at a high risk of getting the virus and developing a serious disease.
Excerpts of the Decision
The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), which stated that the majority of persons in the nation had either already been immunized “and/or contracted and recovered from COVID-19” at this point, provided the country with its most recent recommendation about COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses.
The FOPH stated in its advice that “their immune system has therefore been exposed to the coronavirus,” adding that “in spring/summer 2023, the virus will likely circulate less.” The FOPH also stated that the present COVID-19 variations “cause rather mild illness,” but added that the suggestion would be changed if a wave of infections were to appear.
The Swiss FOPH added that it would review its COVID-19 vaccine recommendations later this year and make any necessary updates. According to the Swiss FOPH, people who are at a high risk of developing a serious illness from COVID-19 can still get vaccinated after having a private consultation with their doctor, but the organization did not continue to promote COVID-19 Vaccination for this particular category of people.
A Pattern Developing?
After consulting with a doctor, if a patient does not receive a recommendation for a vaccine, they can still get it but must pay for it out of pocket. Following other European nations that have significantly reduced their recommendations since the COVID-19 vaccine was released, Switzerland has decided to withdraw its recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine.
France ceased recommending the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year, nearly a full year after it removed the obligation for immunizations for foreign visitors. Denmark stopped recommending the COVID-19 vaccine back in 2022. The majority of European nations have also increased their COVID-19 Vaccination requirements for visitors from other countries, and several have reduced their recommendations for vaccines for children due to myocarditis fears.