COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the Netherlands

An effective vaccine is the best way to stop the spread of coronavirus worldwide. The Dutch government wants to make sure that everyone in the Netherlands who wants to get vaccinated can do so. By getting vaccinated we can protect ourselves and people in vulnerable groups in society. And ultimately, that means that we will get more of our freedom back.

Aims of the vaccination campaign

In the Netherlands, anyone who wants to get vaccinated against COVID-19 can do so. Vaccination helps us:

  • protect ourselves;
  • protect people in vulnerable groups; and
  • get more of our freedom back.

Campaign progress

The coronavirus dashboard gives an up-to-date overview of the number of vaccine doses that have been administered, the number of planned vaccinations and the number of doses delivered and in stock.

Booster shot not yet available in the Netherlands

In the future it may be necessary to give people a booster shot. This is an extra dose of vaccine. It can be given if protection starts to fade in a lot of people who have been vaccinated, or if a new variant emerges which makes a lot of people very ill. After one booster shot people will have optimum protection again.  

Waiting for expert advice

In the Netherlands, booster shots are not yet necessary. As a result, they are not being offered at present. In early September 2021, the Health Council of the Netherlands and the Outbreak Management Team will advise the government on whether booster shots are necessary. They will base their advice on the latest information and science.

Making an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination

If you haven’t made an appointment yet and you want to be vaccinated, you can make an appointment with the municipal health service (GGD) online or by phone. Or you can get a jab without making an appointment (Prikkenzonderafspraak.nl). You will receive either the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine. Teenagers aged 12 to 17 can also make an appointment.