Booster vaccination

Everyone aged 12 and over who had their last vaccination or coronavirus infection at least 3 months ago can get a booster vaccination. The booster refreshes your immune response and helps to keep you optimally protected against coronavirus. 

Make a booster vaccination appointment

You can make an appointment with the municipal health service (GGD) if you if you are 12 years or older and:

  • your last vaccination was at least 3 months ago; OR
  • you had a positive COVID-19 test at least 3 months ago.

You can also call 0800 7070 to make an appointment. You do not need to wait to receive a letter from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). There are also many vaccination locations where you can get your booster without an appointment.

Help making an appointment online

If you are not sure how to make an appointment online, see the step-by-step instructions for making an appointment for a booster vaccination (in Dutch). Or ask someone you know to help you. 

Booster vaccination campaign

3-month interval between last vaccination and the booster vaccine

Because of the Omicron variant, it is important that everyone is optimally protected as quickly as possible. That is why the interval between the last vaccination and the booster has been reduced from 6 to 3 months. This interval also applies to people who became infected with coronavirus after getting vaccinated. 

3-month interval between positive test result and the booster vaccine

If you tested positive for coronavirus after getting vaccinated, you can get the booster vaccination at least 3 months after the positive test result.

Vaccinations against flu and pneumococcal disease: wait 2 weeks before getting COVID-19 booster

You can get the booster vaccination 2 weeks after being vaccinated against flu and/or pneumococcal disease.

Booster vaccination is an mRNA vaccine

Everyone who is eligible for a booster vaccination is offered an mRNA vaccine (either BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna) even if they received a different vaccine previously.

You cannot choose which vaccine you get as your booster vaccination. 

The manufacturers of the BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are studying whether the vaccines need to be modified because of the Omicron variant. If this is necessary they will be able to do so fairly quickly, but the modified vaccines will not be available before spring 2022.

Booster vaccination with the Janssen vaccine

The Health Council of the Netherlands has issued an advisory opinion on using the Janssen vaccine for booster vaccinations. Getting the Janssen vaccine as a booster 3 months or more after initial vaccination with Janssen is safe and improves your body’s defences against coronavirus. But the level of protection is not as high as with an mRNA booster dose. The Janssen vaccine can also cause a very rare side effect called TTS, which involves blood clots and very low blood platelet levels.

You can get your booster vaccination with the Janssen vaccine if you have certain medical conditions or if you prefer the Janssen vaccine. Getting an mRNA vaccine is recommended, so the Janssen vaccine is only available on the basis of informed consent. This means that when you make your appointment, a GGD staff member will check that you have thought carefully about your decision. Call 0800 1295 to make an appointment for a booster with the Janssen vaccine.

QR code stays valid after booster

If you have a booster vaccination your QR code remains valid for travel within the EU. Without a booster your QR code will be valid for a maximum of 270 days after your last dose in the primary vaccination series.

Difference between a third dose and a booster

Patients with a severe immune disorder have been offered a third dose as part of their primary vaccination series. After 3 doses some people in this group will be sufficiently protected against severe illness or death from COVID-19 but others will not. It is difficult to predict how individual patients will respond.