COVID-19 vaccination of teenagers aged 12 to 17

If you are aged 12 to 17, you can choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19. You can make an appointment to get vaccinated now, if you haven’t already. At some locations you can get vaccinated without an appointment. If you want a booster, you can call 0800 7070 for an appointment. If you get vaccinated, you will be less likely to become ill with COVID-19 or to give the virus to other people. 

Vaccination means less COVID-19 and fewer restrictions

If you get vaccinated against COVID-19 you will be less likely to become ill. Some people who become infected with coronavirus,  have symptoms for a long time. Getting vaccinated also makes you less likely to give coronavirus to your parents, grandparents or classmates. This will mean that, overall, fewer people will become ill and new restrictions will be less likely, meaning schools and sports clubs, for instance, can stay open. Vaccination is not mandatory. If you want to go to an activity or travel abroad, you can get  a negative test or a proof of recovery. These are often accepted instead of proof of vaccination.

Parental permission for COVID-19 vaccination

If you are 16 or 17 years old, it’s your own decision whether to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are younger than 16, this is a decision you should make together with your parents or guardian. If you and your parents just can’t agree, you have the final say about whether you get vaccinated. 

If you currently have an illness other than COVID-19 and are unsure if you can still get vaccinated, talk to your doctor.

Vaccinated with BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna

Most teenagers in the Netherlands are being given the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. Teenagers on Saba and St Eustatius could also be given the Moderna vaccine. Both vaccines have been thoroughly tested and are safe for teenagers aged 12 and over. You can’t choose which vaccine you are given.

Side effects of COVID-19 vaccination

You may experience side effects after being vaccinated. Common side effects are:

  • a sore upper arm
  • feeling tired
  • muscle ache
  • a headache
  • a fever

If you experience a side effect that’s not on this list or you’re worried about the side effects you’re having, call your family doctor. They can give you advice. 

Vaccination and fertility

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 does not make you infertile. It is also safe to get vaccinated if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

Booster vaccination

If you want a booster vaccination, you can call 0800-7070 for an appointment at the municipal health service (GGD). Wait at least 3 months to get a booster after your last vaccine dose or after a coronavirus infection. 

Informed consent for booster

Teenagers have to give informed consent for booster vaccination. This means you have thought carefully before making your decision. The GGD will ask you about this when you make your vaccination appointment.

Pfizer used for booster

You will get the BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The EMA considers the vaccine to be safe and effective when used a booster for teenagers aged 12 to 17.