Coronavirus: Current status of vaccinations

07/01/2021 (09:00)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Wednesday, 6 January 2021, 3,788 people in the Canton of Basel-Stadt have received their first vaccination. Residents in a further two nursing homes also received their vaccination on Wednesday afternoon. The Department of Health Basel-Stadt hopes that, in the coming days, another vaccine will be approved and that the Canton of Basel-Stadt will then receive more vaccination doses.

There is still a very high level of interest in vaccination appointments in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. There is much more demand for vaccination appointments than there are appointments. 3,603 people have so far been vaccinated in the Basel cantonal coronavirus vaccination centre at the Messe Basel site. A further 185 vaccinations have been administered by mobile vaccination teams in three nursing homes so far. Feedback and experiences from the nursing homes so far show that between 70 and 80 percent of residents are being vaccinated.

Information about further steps on 11 January 2021

Unfortunately, all of the cantons currently only have very limited amounts of the vaccine. At the same time, demand is enormous. At the moment, it is not possible to vaccinate all people who are eligible for the vaccine. Only people aged 75 or over and people aged under 75 who have a pre-existing condition in the highest risk category are currently being vaccinated in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. That is because these people have a high risk of becoming seriously ill. This prioritization is based on the vaccination strategy of the Swiss Committee on Vaccination Issues EKIF [Eidgenössische Kommission für Impffragen] that the Canton of Basel-Stadt is using as guidance.

This coming Monday, 11 January 2021, at 10.00, information about further steps will be provided on the website Provided that another vaccine is approved and that the Canton of Basel-Stadt receives further deliveries of the vaccine, it will be possible to offer more vaccination appointments in the course of the next week. In the worst case, it will only be possible to offer more vaccination appointments after 20 January.

No vaccination appointments are currently available. The Department of Health and Meconex, the company operating the vaccination centre, ask people to be patient and to regularly check the website provided for information. The Department of Health asks relatives, friends and neighbours to offer the oldest members of society support with booking an appointment if they need it. Tests have proven that a waiting list is not practicable at the moment. A waiting list is only kept for cases of hardship.

The Department of Health hopes and assumes that the situation will ease in the coming weeks and that people who are currently eligible for the vaccine will have received their first vaccination by the middle / end of February according to the highest priority.

Please note:

We request that the media give the infoline of the vaccination centre (0800 555 655) in their coverage. It is an important channel for making appointments especially for the oldest members of society, who are not familiar with using the internet. Many thanks.