CERN Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS)

As an intergovernmental organization, CERN has its own health insurance: the CERN Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS).
The main purpose of the CHIS is to safeguard its Members against the financial consequences of illness, accidents and maternity by providing reimbursement of expenses arising from medical treatment. A Third-Party Administrator operates the CHIS: UNIQA, whom you may contact for further information and advice, for queries concerning your coverage, the calculation of your reimbursements or your membership.

CHIS- Flu vaccination 2021

As part of the flu vaccination campaign organised by the Medical Service for anyone working on the CERN site, the vaccine and the vaccination will also be free of charge for the following CHIS Members: Post-compulsory Members and Subsidiary Members over 18 years of age. This applies in particular to CERN pensioners and family members.

The vaccination will take place in Building 568 - next to Entrance A of the Meyrin site as of 1 November 2021 from 08:30 to 12:20 and 13:30 to 16:20 on working days, within the limits of available vaccine doses and by appointment only.

Registration will open on 25 October 2021. To make an appointment, please log on to the PLAMED portal at the following address: https://plamed.web.cern.ch.

The vaccination is reserved for people with no medical contraindication. In case a contraindication is revealed by the questionnaire that will be given to you on the day of your appointment, you will not be vaccinated. In case of doubt, please contact your family doctor before making an appointment.

To facilitate the organisation and to ensure the respect of applicable health and safety measures, it is important to respect the exact time that you have been allocated for your appointment. In the event that you cannot come for your appointment, please cancel it directly in the PLAMED portal.


CERN continues to monitor the evolution of the novel coronavirus COVID-19
For up-to-date information, please see: https://hse.cern/news-article/coronavirus-recommendations.
Furthermore, a Helpline has been set up to answer your questions. Call +41 22 766 7777, from 8-17h. 

We remind you that you have access to a Telemedicine service 24H/7D with MEDGATE.

Vaccination against COVID-19
For residents in Switzerland, click here
For residents in France, click here.

A COVID vaccination centre at CERN

A COVID-19 vaccination centre has opened on the CERN site in building 693 on 27 September for anyone holding a CERN access card and either resident in France or a French national.

To sign up for a vaccination at CERN, call the COVID Helpline at +41 22 766 7777. Full details are available on the COVID-19 information webpages at https://hse.cern.

Negotiations are underway with Switzerland to offer a similar service to personnel that are Swiss nationals or resident in Switzerland. In the meantime, vaccination is readily available in Geneva at several sites: https://www.ge.ch/en/getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19, including some without appointment: https://www.ge.ch/en/getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19/vaccination-without-prior-appointment.

France : how to obtain your QR code

  • You have been vaccinated in a vaccination centre:  

1) You were vaccinated after May 3rd, 2021: no problem, your vaccination certificate contains the QR code.  

2) You received your two doses of vaccine before May 3rd :  after the title "patient code", your vaccination certificate indicates a 9-letter code, to obtain the QR code you can go back to your vaccination centre and ask them for the QR code. You can also, with your 9-letter code, go to your pharmacist who will consult VACCIN COVID and give you your QR code

  • You have been vaccinated by your doctor (with the AstraZeneca vaccine):

They may not be able to give you a QR code.  

The solution could have been to call the toll-free number 0800 08 71 48 or send an email to vaccin.ameli.fr, unfortunately this service does not yet work for people with a foreign health insurance fund although they assured us that they are looking for solutions.  

Important information on reimbursement of COVID-19 tests -Updated October 1st, 2021- 
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the CERN Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) has reimbursed various types of test. Since October 1st, 2021, tests taken to obtain a COVID certificate  will no longer be reimbursed for those over 16 years of age without a medical prescription or a medical certificate (for people who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds). The conditions for reimbursement are different for each type of test. For more information, click here.

Reimbursement claims

We remind you that claims can be sent in 4 ways:

  • Electronic submission on MyUNIQA website. For more information, click here.
  • Electronic submission on MyUNIQA application for smartphone. For more information, click here.
  • Safe deposit of your "blue envelopes" in the "UNIQA" mailbox installed in building 33 - Visitors' Reception - which is located outside the Meyrin site in Switzerland, or in the UNIQA Office mailbox in the main building. Please note the blue UNIQA envelopes with the old address are still valid and can be used for sending your claims.
  • Send your stamped "blue envelopes" by regular mail to the following address : UNIQA, Avenue de la Praille 26 - CP 1431 – 1227 Carouge