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 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 when it is their turn. You can find more information about the order of priority on government.nl. 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 will be used for the repeat vaccinations this autumn.
First repeat vaccination
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 when it is your turn. You can find more information about the order of priority on government.nl. You can get the repeat dose at least 3 months after your last vaccination or 3 months after a coronavirus infection.
Second repeat vaccination
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, primary series only). These are the alternatives if you do not want an mRNA vaccine. These vaccines are only available to people aged 18 and over, and you must make a special appointment to get them.
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.
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.