In Switzerland, vaccination recommendations are drawn up by the Federal Commission for Vaccination (FCV) in cooperation with the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). The Federal Commission for Vaccination (FCV) is an independent commission of experts.
As soon as Swissmedic grants authorisation for a vaccine, the FCV will draw up the specific vaccination recommendations on the basis of the results of studies on the vaccine's safety and efficacy (clinical trials). The vaccination recommendations may differ for individual vaccines, since each vaccine has different properties which may have different effects depending on the target group (e.g. people at especially high risk, older people).
The latest scientific findings and the current epidemiological situation are also taken into account for the vaccination recommendations.
As soon as the vaccination recommendations for a specific vaccine have been drawn up, inoculation with the vaccine starts.