Which Covid-19 vaccine do I need and how can I get one?
Coronavirus spreads more easily in autumn and winter. By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself against serious illness from Covid-19. It also reduces the risk of you infecting other people with the virus. The more people who get vaccinated, the slower the virus will spread.
I have not yet been vaccinated
You can get the primary Covid-19 vaccination series. The primary series is 2 doses of the original BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Or 1 dose if you have had Covid-19.
If you do not want or are unable to have an mRNA vaccine, you can also opt for 2 doses of the Novavax vaccine or 1 dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
I completed the primary Covid-19 vaccination series
Anyone aged 12 or over who completed the primary series can get a repeat dose. There should be at least 3 months between the repeat dose and your last vaccine dose or a coronavirus infection. The updated BioNTech/ Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are used for the repeat vaccinations that started in autumn 2022. If you do not want an mRNA vaccine, you can also opt for a repeat dose of the Novavax vaccine or the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
I completed the primary Covid-19 vaccination series and had 1 repeat dose
You can get another repeat dose with the updated BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You can get the repeat dose at least 3 months after your last vaccination or 3 months after a coronavirus infection.
I don’t want an mRNA vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna)
You can opt for either Janssen (viral vector vaccine) or Novavax (protein-based vaccine). These are the alternatives if you do not want an mRNA vaccine. The Janssen vaccine is only available to people aged 18 and over. The Novavax vaccine is only available to people aged 12 and over. To get one of these vaccines, you must make a special appointment.
I have severe immune system dysfunction
Contact your medical specialist to find out what vaccine you require.
- For the primary series, call 0800 7070 or go to prikkenzonderafspraak.nl.
- For the repeat vaccination, go to planjeprik.nl, visit prikkenzonderafspraak.nl or call 0800 7070.
- For Novavax call 0800 0174.
- For Janssen call 0800 1295.
Unable to come to vaccination centre
If it is impossible for you to come to a municipal health service GGD vaccination centre, ask your GP if you can get vaccinated at home.
Help making a vaccination appointment online
- If you are having a technical problem, see the frequently asked questions page.
- If you would rather make an appointment by phone, you can call 0800 7070.
Any doubts, concerns or questions about coronavirus vaccinations?
Go to overvaccineren.nl or talk to an independent healthcare professional. They can be contacted via vragenovercorona.nl. Or by phoning 0800 7707707.
Opening times of vaccination centres
The GGD vaccination centres are open 7 days a week. The opening times differ for each location.
Questions about your health
When you make an appointment, you will have to answer a few questions. This is to make sure that it is safe for you to get vaccinated. These questions are about:
- whether you had coronavirus recently; and
- whether you are having an operation soon.
Permission for your data to be stored
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) keeps a record of who has been vaccinated in the Covid Vaccination Information and Monitoring System (CIMS). When you make your appointment, you will be asked if you give permission for your data to be recorded in CIMS. RIVM complies with data protection regulations.
Giving permission if you are a care home resident
The procedure for nursing home and care home residents is as follows:
- Residents (or the person who has power of attorney) must use the permission form to give permission for vaccination.
- On this form they can also give permission for their vaccination data to be passed on to RIVM and recorded in CIMS.