Coronavirus: Information about booking a vaccination appointment

21/12/2020 (10:00)
Press release
Department of Health

Following the statement by the Department of Health Basel-Stadt last Saturday, 19 December 2020 that the vaccination programme with the recently approved Pfizer/Biontech vaccine would begin in Basel-Stadt on 28 December 2020, this press release gives information about obtaining a time slot in the cantonal vaccination centre. The website for booking a time slot is and the infoline number is 0800 555 655.

The vaccination programme with the recently approved Pfizer/Biontech vaccine began in the Canton of Basel-Stadt on Monday, 28 December 2020. As the Canton of Basel-Stadt is only receiving a limited number of doses of the vaccine, prioritization will be required. The canton is guided by the recommendations of the Swiss Committee on Vaccination Issues [Eidgenössische Kommission für Impffragen] and the FOPH (Covid-19 vaccination strategy of 16 December 2020). It proposes vaccinating individuals aged 65 and over and nursing home residents during an initial phase. The vaccination programme in the Canton of Basel-Stadt will correspondingly begin with these two at-risk groups, though it should be mentioned that the vaccinations are voluntary and free.

Operation of the vaccination centre is ensured by the firm Meconex AG. Basel-based firm Meconex has a great deal of experience of carrying out large vaccination programmes. The Canton of Basel-Stadt benefits from a team that is familiar with the processes, can guarantee quality and that knows what challenges a vaccination programme on this scale entails.

Individuals aged 65 and over

Individuals whose place of residence is in the Canton of Basel-Stadt and who are aged 65 or over at the time of vaccination can receive the vaccine from 28 December 2020. People who would like to receive the vaccine must book an appointment on the website or by calling the infoline 0800 555 655. It is not possible to spontaneously get a vaccine without an appointment and vaccinations can only be given in the vaccination centre in Messe Basel. The website and the infoline are open for booking appointments from 10.00 on 21 December.

People who wish to receive the vaccine must fill in a consent form in advance and will need to bring their health insurance card and official proof of identity to the vaccination appointment. Vaccination isn’t possible without these documents. It also makes sense to take along your vaccination certificate (if you have one). Additional details about booking appointments and about the vaccination process are available from the website or the infoline.

Information about the approved Pfizer/Biontech vaccine can be found on the FOPH website as well as on the website of the Basel coronavirus vaccination centre. You will find answers there to questions about safety, the approval process, side effects and contraindications. People who wish to receive the vaccine can also contact their family doctor with any questions. Plus it is also possible to talk to a doctor at the vaccination centre.

Vaccinations for nursing home residents

The Canton of Basel-Stadt has already begun preparations for vaccinating nursing home residents. Vaccinations in nursing homes will be done using mobile teams. Since nursing homes have to conduct preliminary enquiries with their residents and residents’ family doctors, relatives or any legal advisers, it will be slightly longer before the first individuals in nursing homes can be vaccinated.

Nursing homes will be given more information today, Monday, 21 December 2020.

Please note:

A tour of the vaccination centre for media professionals is organised for 28 December. An invitation for media professionals with further information will be sent by Wednesday, 23 December 2020 at the latest.

Fact sheet on the start of vaccinations in Basel-Stadt (German)