Coronavirus vaccination in the Netherlands
Until 22 December 2023 the following groups can get a coronavirus vaccination:
- People aged 60 and over;
- People aged 18 to 59 who are eligible for the annual flu jab;
- Healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients and/or clients.
Coronavirus vaccination is possible at any time of the year for pregnant women and people with a referral from their doctor.
Making an appointment with the GGD
This coronavirus vaccination campaign runs until 22 December 2023. Vaccination are given by appointment only by the municipal health service (GGD). If you fall into one of the groups above, you can make an appointment directly on planjeprik.nl or by calling 0800 7070.
If you do not fall into one of the groups above but wish to be vaccinated, for example to protect an at-risk family member or on the advice of your doctor, you can also make an appointment with the GGD.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus and vaccination at My question about COVID-19 (mijnvraagovercorona.nl).
Coronavirus vaccination reduces risk of illness and death
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.
Vaccination is done using the BioNtech/Pfizer Omicron XBB 1.5 mRNA vaccine. It gives the best available protection against the Omicron XBB coronavirus variants that are currently circulating. People who cannot or do not wish to be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine can opt for the Novavax protein-based vaccine. Novavax has adapted the vaccine to protect against XBB variants. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a positive recommendation for the updated vaccine at the end of October, but its delivery has been delayed. More information about when the vaccine will be available from the GGD will be provided in due course.
Repeat vaccination not necessary for everyone
It is not necessary for everyone in the Netherlands to be vaccinated again. 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.
Protecting people with health issues remains important
It’s still important for everyone to follow the advice for preventing respiratory infections. This helps protect everyone, including people with health issues.
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.
Concerns or questions?
Getting vaccinated against coronavirus is not mandatory. It is your own decision. If you have doubts, questions or concerns about coronavirus vaccination, you can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on mijnvraagovercorona.nl/en.