Repeat vaccination against coronavirus

Anyone aged 12 and over can make an appointment for the repeat vaccination. Go to coronatest.nl/en or call 0800 7070 (7 days a week, from 8:00 to 20:00). Dozens of locations already allow you to get vaccinated without making an appointment. Do you want to know which locations these are? Go to the prikkenzonderafspraak.nl/en website.

This autumn everyone aged 12 and over will be able to get a repeat vaccination against coronavirus with an updated vaccine. People in at-risk groups and health and care professionals who work directly with patients or clients have priority. They will be invited from 13 September 2022 to make a vaccination appointment. The municipal health service (GGD) will start administering repeat vaccinations to these groups from 19 September 2022. After this, anyone aged 12 and over can get a repeat vaccination. Repeat vaccination can help prevent the spread of coronavirus.  

Repeat vaccination helps prevent spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus spreads more easily in autumn and winter. The more people who get a repeat vaccination, the slower the virus will spread.

Repeat COVID-19 vaccination helps:

  • protect against severe illness, hospital admission or death due to COVID-19;
  • prevent hospitals from becoming overburdened;
  • keep businesses open, including restaurants, cafés and gyms, because fewer people are ill.

Updated vaccines

The mRNA vaccines developed by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna have been adapted to offer better protection against other coronavirus variants, like Omicron.  The updated vaccines will be available this autumn for use as a repeat or booster vaccination for anyone aged 12 and over. You can get the jab if it has been at least 3 months since your last vaccination or coronavirus infection. You must have completed your primary vaccination series. A primary series is 2 doses of BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax, or 1 dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

The government has ordered enough doses of the updated vaccines for everyone aged 12 and over to get the jab. 

Repeat vaccination is the same as booster vaccination

A repeat vaccination and a booster vaccination work in the same way. Both strengthen your immune system and offer extra protection. 

From now on, we will only use the term ‘repeat vaccination’. This term makes it clear that the vaccination can be repeated regularly. How often and how many times it will need to be repeated will depend on how coronavirus develops. If you have not had a booster vaccination yet, you can still get a repeat vaccination when it is your turn.

Order of priority

From 19 September 2022, repeat vaccinations will first be offered to health and care professionals who work directly with patients or clients, and people who have a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19. From 13 September they will receive an invitation to make an appointment for repeat vaccination.

People who have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 are:

  • People aged 60 and over
  • People aged 12 to 59 who are eligible for the annual flu jab
  • People living in residential care facilities
  • People with Down’s syndrome.

Others aged 12 and over

Once the above groups have been vaccinated, everyone else aged 12 and over can get a repeat vaccination. Make sure that it has been at least 3 months since your last vaccination or coronavirus infection.

If you cannot come to the GGD vaccination centre

If it is impossible for you to come to a GGD vaccination centre, ask your GP if you can get vaccinated at home. 

Getting your repeat vaccination

Have you already had 1 repeat vaccination?

The following people were invited to get a repeat vaccination earlier this year:

  • people aged 60 and over (this includes people turning 60 in 2022)
  • nursing home residents
  • adults with Down’s syndrome
  • adults with a severely weakened immune system.

If you fall into one of these groups, you can get the repeat vaccination if it has been 3 months since your last vaccination or coronavirus infection. Even if you had a repeat vaccination before.

Repeat vaccination protects against severe illness

Getting a repeat vaccination is extra important for you because you have a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19. This is because your immune system is weakened. Repeat vaccination keeps you well-protected against serious illness and hospital admission.