Who can get a booster vaccination and when?

Everyone aged 18 and over who 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

  • were born in 2003 or earlier, and
  • had your last vaccination at least 3 months ago or were infected with coronavirus 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. Giving the Janssen vaccine as a booster 3 to 6 months 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 platelets.

You will only get the Janssen vaccine as a booster vaccination if this is specifically in the interests of your health, and you cannot get an mRNA vaccine. If you get the Janssen vaccine, it is important that you are well informed. The GGD and RIVM are still deciding how to arrange booster vaccinations with the Janssen vaccine for those people who need it.

QR code stays valid

If you have a booster vaccination your QR code remains valid. For now, your QR code will also remain valid if you do not get a booster vaccination. This applies to both your Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel within the EU and your coronavirus entry pass for use in the Netherlands. 

Maximum validity of 9 months within the EU

From 1 February 2022 your proof of vaccination for travel within the EU will remain valid for 9 months after your last vaccination. After 9 months you will need to get another booster dose in order to travel with a DCC based on proof of vaccination.
Proof of vaccination is currently valid for one year within the Netherlands. The government is studying if the validity can be reduced to 9 months after the last vaccination.

QR code valid immediately after booster vaccination

If you have a booster vaccination you do not have to wait another 2 weeks to get a valid QR code. A booster vaccination supplements your proof of vaccination.

Travelling with proof of vaccination

By the second half of January at the latest, everyone aged 18 and older will have been offered a booster vaccination. This means that if all EU member states agree to the proposed travel rules most people will be able to get a booster in time to keep their proof of vaccination valid for travel. Before travelling, always check the travel advice for the country wish to visit.

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.