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I want to know more about the repeat injection against coronavirus this fall

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

Do I need to get another vaccination against coronavirus, and why?

The coronavirus can revive in the autumn and winter. The more people get the repeat shot, the more we can slow down a resurgence of the coronavirus. The repeat shot can protect you against serious illness, hospitalization or death as a result of corona. But it also helps prevent healthcare from getting too busy. And because fewer people get sick, the repeat shot can also help keep companies, catering and gyms open.

Who can get the repeat injection against coronavirus?

Anyone aged 12 years or older who has had the basic series can receive the repeat jab, but only from 3 months after the last corona jab or corona infection. People with a higher risk of becoming seriously ill due to corona, and healthcare employees with patient and client contact will be the first to receive an invitation.

People at higher risk of getting seriously ill include:

  • People over 60 years old;
  • People aged 12 to 59 who are annually invited for the flu shot;
  • Residents of healthcare institutions;
  • People with Down syndrome.

After that, anyone aged 12 years and older who wants to can get a repeat jab against corona as a precaution. Even if you have already had a booster or repeat shot, you can still get a repeat shot.

Want to know if you can get a repeated vaccination already? Then check this website.

What is the difference between a booster and a repeat injection?

There is no difference. A booster and a repeat injection both enhance the effect of the basic series on the immune system. This provides temporary extra protection against coronavirus.

The name ‘repeat injection against coronavirus’ is used because it clearly indicates that the shot may be repeated more often. How many times exactly depends on how the virus develops.

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 basic series against corona. You can still get this. You don't have to wait until fall for that. 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?

This may differ for each country. Always check before departure what the measures are in the country of destination. On www.wijsopreis.nl (opens external website)you can read if you need coronavirus vaccinations (and how many). And how long these are valid for.

Where can I find more information about the repeat vaccination against corona?

If you want to know whether you are already eligible for the repeat vaccination against corona, you can do the vaccination check(opens external website) on this website.

If you want to read more about the repeat jab against corona, you can visit rijksoverheid.nl(opens external website) (Dutch).

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