Order of vaccination for people who do not work in healthcare

Read more about vaccination of young people aged 12 to 17.

If you are 18 or older, from 23 June 2021 you can call the municipal health service (GGD) to make an appointment to receive the Janssen vaccine (in Dutch only), even if you already have an appointment for another vaccine. The Janssen vaccine is safe and effective, and has the advantage of requiring only one dose. 

Everyone have had an invitation to get vaccinated. You can still make an appointment if you haven't done it yet. People who have coronavirus cannot be vaccinated until they have recovered. 

Vaccination schedule for people who live at home

Most people can travel to a GGD vaccination centre independently. They were invited to be vaccinated from oldest to youngest. People born between 1956 and 1960 were vaccinated by region.

Vaccination schedule for people who are not in medically at-risk or high-risk groups, who live at home and can access the vaccination location on their own, and who do not work in healthcare
Year of birth When Vaccine Where/by whom
1931 or earlier From 25 January 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only)
1932 - 1936 From 29 January 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only)
1937 - 1941 From 5 February 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only)
1942 - 1946 From 6 March 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only)
1947 - 1951 From 6 April 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only)
1952 - 1955 From 15 April 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only) or family doctor
1956 - 1957 From 15 February 2021 AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna Family doctor, GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only) 

1958 - 1960

From 15 April 2021 AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna Family doctor, GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only) 
1961 - 1971 From 27 April 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only), family doctor or hospital
1972 - 1981 From early June 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only), family doctor or hospital
1982 - 1991 From mid-June 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna  GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only), family doctor or hospital
1992 - 2003 From mid-June 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or  Moderna GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only), family doctor or hospital

Vaccination of people who live at home and are unable to travel to a vaccination centre

From early April 2021 people who are unable to travel to a vaccination centre received a letter stating that they could get vaccinated at home by their family doctor. People born in 1960 or earlier received the AstraZeneca vaccine. People born in 1961 or later received a different vaccine.

Vaccination schedule for people in medically at-risk groups

Some people have a medical condition that makes them more likely to become seriously ill or die if they get coronavirus. These people, who are in medically at-risk groups, were given priority in the vaccination programme.

People with Down syndrome and people with morbid obesity (a BMI of 40 or more) were being vaccinated by region.

Vaccination schedule for people in medically at-risk or high-risk groups, who live at home (both those who can access the vaccination location on their own and those with access isues), and who do not work in healthcare

Who Year of birth When Vaccine Where/by whom

People in medically high-risk groups* (group 1: includes people with severe kidney failure or a serious congenital immune deficiency)

2005 or earlier

From 24 March 2021

BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna Hospital, in-house doctor or mobile vaccination teams
People in medically high-risk groups (group 2: people with a neurological disorder that affects their breathing) 1960 or earlier (no access issues) From 24 March 2021

BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna

Hospital 
People in medically high-risk groups (group 2: people with a neurological disorder that affects their breathing)

1961 - 2005 (no access issues) and

2005 or earlier (access issues)

From 2 April 2021

BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna

Hospital or mobile vaccination teams
People in medically high-risk groups (group 3: people with morbid obesity or Down syndrome) From 1960 or earlier (no access issues) From 15 February 2021 AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna Family doctor or GGD vaccination centre (in Dutch only)
People in medically high-risk groups (group 3: people with morbid obesity or Down syndrome)

1961 - 2005 (no access issues) and

2005 or earlier (access issues)

From 15 February 2021

BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna

GGD vaccination centre (page in Dutch) or mobile vaccination teams
People in other medically at-risk groups 1961 - 2003 From early May 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna GGD vaccination centre

Vaccination schedule for people living in residential care 

Vaccination schedule for residents of nursing homes, care homes, residential homes and mental healthcare facilities

Who When Vaccine Where/by whom
Nursing home residents and residents of care homes for people with intellectual disabilities

From 18 January 2021

BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna Family doctor or in-house doctor
Residents of small-scale residential homes From 25 January 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna

Family doctor or out-of-hours GP service

Mental healthcare inpatients From 22 February 2021 Moderna, AstraZeneca or Janssen In-house doctor or mobile vaccination teams

Vaccination schedule for residents of Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba, Curaçao, Aruba and St Maarten

Vaccination schedule for residents of Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba, Curaçao, Aruba and St Maarten who do not work in healthcare

Who When Vaccine Where/by whom
Residents of St Eustatius and Saba From 22 February 2021 Moderna Local public health services
Residents of Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba and St Maarten born in 1960 or earlier* From 17 February 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna Local public health services
Residents of Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba and St Maarten born between 1961 and 2003* From early April 2021 BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna Local public health services

* The approach differed between islands. On some islands all groups were vaccinated at the same time. On other islands, including Curaçao and Aruba, vaccination took place in phases.

From oldest to youngest (in phases)

People born in 1955 or earlier were the first people invited to get vaccinated. This was done in phases from oldest to youngest: first those born in 1931 or earlier, then those born between 1932 and 1936, then those born between 1937 and 1941, and so on.

Invitations were not sent out to all the people in an age group at the same time, but were spread out over several weeks. It was possible that you  received your invitation to get vaccinated but your partner or friend who was in the same age group did not.

Vaccination of people who have or have recovered from COVID-19

  • The Health Council of the Netherlands recommends that people who have had COVID-19 should also be vaccinated. The Health Council has announced that one vaccine dose is enough for people who have demonstrably had COVID-19 in the 6 months before being vaccinated.
  • People who have recovered from COVID-19 have developed some immunity. So one dose is enough to protect them properly. This will have consequences for the vaccination drive. For example, it will be necessary to establish whether or not someone has already had COVID-19. The government, together with RIVM, is looking at how to adapt the procedure accordingly.

If you have COVID-19 when you are due to be vaccinated you must stay at home and you cannot therefore be vaccinated at that time. Vaccination cannot take place until at least four weeks after you developed symptoms. When you no longer have any COVID-19 symptoms, you can make an appointment for your vaccination. The letter inviting you to be vaccinated contains more information.

Vaccination of young people born in 2003, 2004 and 2005

In accordance with the advisory opinion of the Health Council of the Netherlands, the following groups of young people received an invitation to get vaccinated:

  • People in a medical high-risk group, born in 2003, 2004 or 2005; and
  • People living in a care home for people with intellectual disabilities, born in 2003, 2004 or 2005.

They received the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. Young people in this category who live in a care home were vaccinated by the in-house doctor. In smaller care homes, mobile vaccination teams started rolling out the vaccinations. Young people with morbid obesity or Down syndrome who live at home got an invitation from their family doctor. They were vaccinated at a GGD vaccination centre.

Young people with a compromised immune system and young people with a neurological disorder that affects their breathing were vaccinated at their hospital. They received an invitation from their attending consultant. People should not phone the hospital themselves, but wait for the invitation. Young people in this category who cannot access the hospital were vaccinated at home by a mobile vaccination team.

Other groups whose vaccination has been moved forward

Certain groups of people were vaccinated earlier than initially planned:

  • people living in sheltered housing managed by a mental healthcare institution;
  • members of the riot police (Mobiele Eenheid);
  • staff at Dutch embassies and consulates and their family members; and
  • elite athletes participating in the Olympic Games.

Vaccination of people with an auto-immune disease

It is not yet clear whether the coronavirus vaccines are safe and work for people with an auto-immune disease.