Last update 9 December 2021

Members of the personnel, their families and retirees are included in the Host States’ vaccination campaigns according to the same procedures and timing as the population of their country of residence.


COVID-19 vaccination centre at CERN

A COVID-19 vaccination centre is open at CERN since the end of September.  

The centre is part of the French vaccination campaign authorised by an Arrêté préféctoral of 7 September. As of 9 November the centre is also a part of the Swiss vaccination campaign.

CERN’s COVID-19 vaccination centre is able to vaccinate anyone holding a CERN access card and resident in France or Switzerland including family members of CERN personnel, retirees and contractor personnel. It complements the vaccination offers in place in the Host States. The centre also offers booster shots for those eligible, including as of this week Swiss nationals, those residing in Switzerland or holding a Swiss carte de légitimation.

The vaccine used is Pfizer-BioNTech. Supply of doses depends on the Host States, and as a consequence, the Moderna vaccine may be used as well in future. Vaccination is free of charge, and has no impact on any social charges (CSG) to be paid by members of personnel or retirees living in France. 

CERN’s centre is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 08.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. for those resident in France, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times for those resident in Switzerland.

The vaccination centre offers booster doses for those eligible. 

The vaccination days and formalities are not the same for the French and Swiss schemes, please read carefully the instructions below.


French nationals and residents in France

For the detailed conditions, see this table
Swiss nationals, residents in Switzerland or persons working in Switzerland and residing in France (“frontaliers”)

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-4:30 p.m
What Pfizer - BioNtech Cominaty vaccine
CERN access card Yes
Where Building 693
How To make an appointment for a vaccination at CERN, please use
Documents to bring with you CERN access card, an identity document and, for non-French nationals, proof of address (electricity, gas or water bill or a document issued by the tax authorities). Minors will be required to furnish an authorisation signed by at least one of their parents

CERN access card, a Swiss identity card, a Swiss residence permit or a Swiss legitimation card AND a health insurance card. Minors will be required to furnish an authorisation signed by at least one of their parents

Medical eligibility A questionnaire must be completed in advance in order to assess your eligibility from the medical point of view

Personal data are processed as detailed in the applicable Privacy notice.



In Switzerland:

Vaccination modalities differ according to the canton of residence.

Information on the vaccination campaign in Geneva can be found here
Information on vaccination campaigns in other Swiss cantons can be found here.

Persons eligible for vaccination in Geneva who received their first dose of vaccine abroad can receive their second dose in Geneva as long as their vaccine is recognised in Switzerland and they have proof of vaccination. A request should be submitted by email to For full details of vaccination in Geneva, see:

In France:

Through this unofficial site you can locate vaccination centers where doses are available and make appointments through the various platforms available (e.g. or
The details of the vaccination campaign in France are detailed on the FAQ here (pages in French).

Persons residing in France and who were vaccinated abroad for COVID-19 with a vaccine not recognised by the EMA have the option to complete their vaccination scheme at CERN in order to obtain a pass sanitaire (see conditions on 

In other countries:

Please consult your doctor.

Vaccination certificates issued outside the EU:

For holders of vaccination certificates issued outside the EU, the procedure for applying to convert your certificate into a French COVID certificate is described here (page in French). To obtain the pass, contact a pharmacy on the following lists: Ain or Haute-Savoie, or any registered pharmacy in France.