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I want to know more about the repeat vaccination against coronavirus

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Anyone aged twelve years and older can get a repeat vaccination against corona. Find answers to your questions about the repeat vaccination here.

Why is a vaccination round not necessary this spring and was it necessary in the fall of 2022?

A new wave of the COVID-19 virus was expected in the fall of 2022. At the moment, most people have built up sufficient protection through vaccinations and/or infections so a new vaccination round is not recommend in the spring of 2023.

Which medical high risk groups should get a repeat vaccination?

The governmental vaccination advisory board has advised a new vaccination is not necessary this spring(2023) for this group. To some patients a repeat vaccination could give extra protection. A medical specialist could advice whether a new vaccination is recommeded, given the personal medical situation of a patient.

Why should I get my repeat vaccination if I am vital and healthy?

The current vaccin offers better protection against more variants of COVID-19. The updated vaccin provides broader protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death. It gives a boost to the immune system.If you have recently had COVID-19, the repeat vaccination will not make a difference. You have already produced antibodies. For most people it will be a personal decision. Do you want to know whether a repeat injection is a good choice for you? Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Is the government considering a vaccination round in the fall of 2023?

The cabinet is taking into account an injection round this autumn. Whether that round is necessary to better protect people against becoming seriously ill depends on how the virus develops. That cannot be said at the moment. The Gezondheidsraad is expected to advise on the long-term vaccination strategy against COVID-19 in the summer of 2023.

Will the repeat vaccination be like the flu vaccination?

We don't know yet which new vaccins are necessary for COVID-19 in the long term. The Gezondheidsraad is expected to issue advice on long-term vaccination against COVID-19 before the summer of 2023. RIVM continues to monitor the epidemiological situation and the development of the coronavirus through the COVID-19 Response Team. If, for example, the virus becomes more pathogenic, an OMT-V meets to advise whether a repeat round of injections is necessary.

Does the decision not to organize a spring round also mean that more vaccination locations will close?

We are currently looking how many locations should remain open. GGDs will look into regional accessibility and availability. Check at which GGD locations are open for a repeat injection without an appointment.

It has been three months since I got my repeat vaccination. So should I get another one now?

No, that's not necessary. You are sufficiently protected. Even if you received the repeat vaccination more than 3 months ago. The developments of the coronavirus are closely monitored. Among others by experts from the RIVM and the GGD. They meet every two weeks. Every week the experts provide information about the developments of the coronavirus . If necessary, an OMT-V can meet to advise on a new cycle of vaccination. This is not the case now. Therefore, at the GGD locations, you cannot get another repeat vaccination with the updated vaccine.

Can I choose between two updated vaccins?

Since September 18, 2022, the repeat shot has been given with an updated mRNA vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna.

Two updated vaccins have been developed:

  • One vaccine against the BA.1 strain (Moderna or BioNTech/Pfizer) of the omikron variant.
  • One vaccine against the BA.4/5 strain (BioNTech/Pfizer) of the omikron variant.

The updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and from BioNTech/Pfizer have been adapted to better protect against more variants of the COVID-19 virus. The updated vaccines protect against the original Wuhan variant and against the current omikron variant.

Research shows that both vaccines work well against serious illness and death from a COVID-19 infection. Which of the two you get depends on availability. So you can't choose. The vaccines that arrived first will be used first. The BA.1 vaccine is currently being injected. This vaccine will soon be replaced by the BA.4/5 vaccine. When this is the case, you can read information about this at this website.

Why will there only be new vaccins for BA4/5 available?

The Governmental advisory board on vaccination has not expressed a preference for the renewed vaccine with omikron BA.4/5 over omikron BA.1. Both vaccines are available in the Netherlands. The availability of renewed BA.1 vaccines is too small to carry out a new round of vaccinations in the autumn entirely with these vaccines. These vaccines expire in October 2023. Because it is not clear yet exactly whether and when a new vaccination round will take place, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport has decided to switch to BA.4/5 vaccines for the repeat vaccination. The BA.1 vaccines that the Netherlands still has in stock can then be donated as soon as possible. This will hopefully mean fewer vaccines need to be destroyed. For the first round of vaccinations, the original vaccines remain the standard for the time being.

I have not been vaccinated yet; can I get a repeat injection?

If you have not had a single corona vaccination, you first need the against corona. You can still get this. The basic series consists of 2 injections with an mRNA vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna). Don't want an mRNA vaccine? Then you can also choose 2 injections with Novavax or 1 shot with Janssen. Already had coronavirus? Then you can get a vaccination at least 8 weeks after infection. One injection of the basic series will suffice (doesn’t matter which vaccination).

Do I need this repeat injection to travel abroad?

You do not need a COVID certificate to travel within the European Union. And therefore you don’t need a repeat vaccination. Different requirements may apply for countries outside Europe.

In some cases, you need a vaccination certificate , a negative test result , or proof that you have recovered from coronavirus . Therefore always check before departure.