What should I do if I’m scared of vaccinations?
“I can’t stand the idea of someone sticking a needle in my arm”
1 in 5 people in the Netherlands are somewhat or very afraid of needles. Are you also afraid of the vaccination? Then tell a GGD employee at the vaccination location. There are experienced people working at the GGD who can help you if you are afraid.
Fear of needlesticks is something that is not easy for everyone to talk about. It's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. It is important to say it so that you can be helped.
Read the story of an expert who explains fear of vaccination and gives tips if you still want to get the corona vaccination.
Scared of vaccinations? The GGD offers support
I’m not sure because I don’t think I need a vaccination
"I'm healthy, right?"
The corona vaccination will be available this autumn for people who are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from corona. You can feel healthy, but at the same time you are more likely to develop a serious course of the disease. This is because your resistance against the coronavirus decreases over time.
For that reason, it is important to get your vaccination. The target groups that are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from corona are listed on this page.
You may also be a loved one of someone with vulnerable health. It is also possible to get the corona vaccination to protect your loved one with vulnerable health.
Is COVID-19 still around?
“Is COVID-19 becoming basically the same as the flu?”
Will the coronavirus keep coming back every year, just like the flu?
The coronavirus is still here, and is probably not going away. The virus continues to change. This can cause it to revive, causing people to become ill with corona. The virus can return in the autumn, but that can also be in a different season or at several times during the year.
Are they vaccinated every autumn against corona, just like against the flu?
That is not certain yet. This autumn, in addition to the flu shot, a corona vaccination is available for people who have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from corona or dying. Next year, it will be re-examined whether another corona vaccination is needed in the autumn.
How many people have been vaccinated now?
“I’m not sure because enough people have been vaccinated.”
It’s true that many people have already been vaccinated. You can see how many people have been vaccinated on . The population has built up a broad protection against COVID-19 through vaccination, previous coronavirus infection or a combination of the two. That’s why the coronavirus vaccination is not necessary for healthy people under the age of 60. This autumn, the coronavirus vaccination is only available for people who are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. The coronavirus vaccination provides protection against these risks.
The corona dashboard shows how many people in the Netherlands have had a corona vaccination. That changes every day. The proportion of people in the Netherlands who have had a vaccination is called the vaccination rate.
Help by topic
I want to know more about the corona vaccination this autumn
Can I get the vaccination if I have had corona? How can we get a vaccination together? You will find answers to frequently asked questions here.
I want to know more about the vaccin and the vaccinating
Read all general information about the vaccine, side effects and vaccinating on this page.
More information at government.nl
Can't find the answer to your question? Read all other information about corona at Government.nl.