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.

Please note: in autumn 2023 a new round of coronavirus vaccinations has begun for people at greater risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of a coronavirus infection, as well as for healthcare professionals. Information on when these vaccinations will take place and how they will be organised will be published on this page as it becomes available.

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. 

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. 

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 Novavax (protein-based vaccine). These are the alternatives if you do not want an mRNA vaccine. 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.

Getting vaccinated

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

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:

  • allergies;
  • 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: