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 a catalogue of questions, the so-called analysis framework (in German, French or Italian), and the clinical phase III studies. 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.