Start of autumn 2023 coronavirus vaccination campaign on 2 October
From 2 October 2023 people who have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, such as people over 60 and pregnant women, can get another coronavirus vaccination. Healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients or clients are also eligible. The municipal health service (GGD) will administer the jabs using the latest vaccine. It offers the best available protection against current XBB coronavirus variants.
People aged 60 and over will receive an invitation letter from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) after 19 September. People aged 18 to 59 who are eligible for the annual flu jab, healthcare workers and pregnant women will not receive an invitation letter, but they will be able to make a vaccination appointment with the GGD from mid-October. They can do this on planjeprik.nl (in Dutch) or by calling 0800 7070. Anyone else who wishes to be vaccinated, for example to protect an at-risk family member or on the advice of their doctor, can also make an appointment.
This vaccination campaign will run until the end of December 2023. After this, coronavirus vaccination will still be possible for pregnant women and people in medically high-risk groups with a referral from their doctor.
Vaccination boosts your protection
Coronaviruses are still circulating and there may be a spike in infections. So it is important for people with a higher risk of severe COVID-19 to get vaccinated. A new dose keeps them well-protected and reduces their risk of hospital admission and/or death due to COVID-19.
It is not necessary for everyone in the Netherlands to be vaccinated. A large part of the population has already developed broad immunity against the virus, due to previous vaccinations and infections. The Omicron variant also makes people less ill. But it’s still important to prevent spreading viruses that cause respiratory infections. This helps protect everyone, including people with health concerns. Follow the advice below.
Advice for preventing respiratory infection
Coughing, sneezing, a sore throat and a stuffy or runny nose are signs of respiratory infection.
- Stay at home if you are ill.
- If your symptoms are mild, ask your manager if you can work from home.
- If you have symptoms, avoid physical contact with people who could become seriously ill from a cold or flu virus. Wear a face mask if physical contact is necessary, for example, when providing care.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, and wash your hands thoroughly and regularly (you should always do this, even if you are in good health).
- Ventilate indoor spaces well.