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Coronavirus: up-to-date information for our referring doctors

Below you will find some important information about measures being taken at Schulthess Klinik in response to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Standard operations in compliance with safety measures

Operations, treatment and consultations will continue to take place as planned. The safety of our patients and staff is of the highest priority in this process. All hygiene measures stipulated by the Federal Council and the Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich in relation to the novel coronavirus will continue to be strictly observed. We are happy to receive your referrals electronically or by telephone. 

Advice for patients from abroad

Depending on the country/region, it is compulsory to observe the obligation to quarantine and other rules for people entering the country.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Queries can be sent electronically to or you can call the relevant specialist department.

COVID-19 vaccination and planning operations

Certain time intervals always have to be adhered to between vaccinations and an operation. This is the only way to accurately distinguish potential reactions to the vaccine from complications that may arise following an operation. The following basic intervals apply for both the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: no operation should take place in the 14 days before and 7 days after vaccination.

Depending on the type of intervention and the vaccine used, the interval may be adjusted individually by the surgeon, anaesthetist and the clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions regarding a specific referral. 

COVID-19 vaccination and steroid infiltrations

The impact of infiltrations on the COVID-19 vaccine has not yet been studied. However, steroid infiltrations have a prolonged suppressive effect on the immune system, particularly when crystalline preparations are used. Because of this, they may affect the immune response to the vaccine.

Associations have published very few guidelines regarding this issue as of yet. Below, you will find downloadable recommendations prepared by Dr. med. Adrian Forster, our Head of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation.  

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