Vaccination: Registration open to all interested individuals

03/03/2021 (11:00)
Press release
Department of Health

The Department of Health confirms that all interested Basel residents aged 16 and over can now pre-register for a vaccination appointment. Vaccination appointments are still allocated according to the recommendations of the Swiss Committee on Vaccination Issues [Eidgenössische Kommission für Impffragen]. Younger, healthy people are therefore not expected to been given appointments until June. Today, the Department of Health and Meconex, operator of the Basel vaccination centre, were delighted to welcome the 10,000th person to the vaccination centre for their second vaccination. This means that ten thousand Basel residents have already been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination.

The Department of Health officially confirms that all interested residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt aged 16 and over can pre-register for a vaccination appointment on the website www.coronaimpfzentrumbasel.ch. This is made possible by the Federal Government’s new software that has been used in the Basel coronavirus vaccination centre since mid-February (see press release of 18 February 2021).

Esther Ammann, Cantonal Pharmacist and head of the cantonal vaccination programme: “We realise that people need to be able to register instead of always having to wait for information about registration or vaccination eligibility. We are very glad that there is so much interest in vaccination.” However, she also points out that people still need to be patient: “People who pre-register should expect to wait anything from several weeks to three months. How quickly we can vaccinate people depends on how much vaccine we receive from the Federal Government.” This means that although everybody can now pre-register, only those who are currently eligible for vaccination will receive the vaccine at the moment: People aged 75 and over, people aged under 75 in the highest risk category and healthcare workers in the highest risk category.

Successful registration will be confirmed via text message. However, people will not be given a vaccination appointment if they are not eligible for vaccination yet. Appointments will be allocated in a second phase to different population groups according to the recommendations of the Swiss Committee on Vaccination Issues [Eidgenössische Kommission für Impffragen] (see attached vaccination plan). Information about age, health and contact with patients in a professional or private context is required for registration. The IT tool works in the background to form groups on the basis of this information. The groups are assigned according to the EKIF criteria regarding vaccination eligibility. People are then allocated a vaccination appointment by text message at the specified time. This vaccination appointment cannot be postponed. If necessary, the person must cancel their appointment by following the link sent in the information about the vaccination appointment and then re-register.

Vaccinations in Basel-Stadt are expected to also be possible in general medical practices and pharmacies from May. People who register today will be given appointments in the vaccination centre in Messe Basel. Vaccination appointments at the vaccination centre cannot be changed to appointments at a medical practice or pharmacy.

As of yesterday evening, Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 14,600 people had registered in the registration tool. On the evening of Monday, 1 March 2021, the figure was around 8,800.

10,000th person vaccinated in the vaccination centre

Today, 3 March 2021, marked a milestone: The Department of Health and Meconex, operator of the Basel vaccination centre, were delighted to welcome the 10,000th person to the vaccination centre for their second vaccination. Ten thousand Basel residents have already been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. (Information and a photograph of the 10,000th person to be fully vaccinated will follow in the course of the afternoon.)

Basel-Stadt vaccination plan, as of 3 March 2021