Switzerland not recommending COVID-19 vaccine, including for high-risk individuals
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still recommending for children as young as 6 months to "stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines."
Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health said no COVID-19 vaccination is recommended this spring/summer season, including for people at high risk of becoming seriously sick from the virus.
"Nearly everyone in Switzerland has been vaccinated and/or contracted and recovered from COVID-19. Their immune system has therefore been exposed to the coronavirus," the Swiss health agency said.
Health officials predicted that the virus will circulate less this summer and cause "rather mild illness."
The vaccination recommendation will be evaluated for the fall and updated as needed.
People who are considered to be high-risk, including those over the age of 65, those with a chronic condition and pregnant women, are able to receive a vaccination after consulting with their doctors, but the vaccine is "not currently recommended," Swiss officials said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still recommending for children as young as 6 months to "stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for their age group."