Internationals eligible for covid vaccination in the Netherlands
All residents of the Netherlands aged 18 to 60 years will have the chance to get vaccinated this summer, Jaap van Delden, programme director of covid-19 vaccinations at the Dutch public health institute RIVM, told the NOS last Saturday. ‘Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will have at least their first dose in July.’
Those under 60 years old will be called up starting from May, according to RIVM press officer Marah Michel. As the vaccine rollout continues, it is up to you to decide whether or not to get vaccinated. It is voluntary and free of charge.
If you are in, the only thing you have to do is to make sure you are registered with a GP and keep an eye on your mailbox. Either by letter or email, you will receive an automatic invitation from the RIVM and the health service GGD.
The invitation will provide instructions on what to do next: how to make an appointment with your vaccination location and what documents to bring along.
The letter will be in Dutch, though the RIVM is planning on adding a direct link to the official website where you can find a translation of the letter, says Michel.
Which vaccine you will receive depends on your medical condition and will be determined by the healthcare institutions, says Michel. ‘Nobody can choose between the vaccines.’ If you don’t belong to high-risk groups, you will most likely receive AstraZeneca. You will have to come back for the second dose twelve weeks after the first one.