6 September 2023 | 19:30

Weekly update on the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: 6 September 2023

In week 35 (28 August – 3 September 2023), sewage surveillance showed that the national average viral load increased slightly (13%) compared to the week before. Last week, the percentage of participants who reported possible symptoms of COVID-19 in the Infection Radar survey increased (from 2.1% to 2.7%) compared to the week before that. The daily average number of hospital admissions of patients with SARS-CoV-2 increased slightly (9%). 
Since July, an upward trend has been observed in COVID-19 figures (viral load in sewage, percentage of Infection Radar survey participants with relevant symptoms or a positive test result, and hospital admissions). Compared to the same period (early September) last year, the viral load in sewage and the number of hospital admissions are lower now, and the percentage of Infection Radar survey participants with relevant symptoms is comparable.

 Read more on the page: Weekly coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 figures 

29 August 2023 | 16:25

Vaccination figures for autumn 2022 round of COVID-19 repeat vaccination

From 19 September 2022 to 30 July 2023, more than 4.1 million people were vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination coverage for the repeat vaccination among people over 60 is currently 59.6%.

In the first half of October 2023, there will be a new COVID-19 vaccination round for risk groups and care workers. The exact starting date will be determined based on the decision of the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and the availability of the vaccines.

Read more in the monthly update on COVID-19 vaccination figures.  

23 August 2023 | 14:30

COVID-19 vaccination available in autumn 2023 for risk groups and care workers 

A new vaccination round against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 will be available in autumn 2023, for people who have a higher risk of serious illness due to COVID-19. Care workers who have direct contact with patients will also have the opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Pregnant women are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination throughout the year. Repeat vaccination against COVID-19 can be arranged in individual cases, for example for people with a vulnerable family member outside the specified risk groups. COVID-19 vaccination is not necessary for the general population in the Netherlands, because people under 60 already have significant protection.

Vaccination is expected to take place using an mRNA vaccine that has been adapted to the Omicron sub-variant currently circulating in the Netherlands: XBB. This updated vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech will be assessed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) within the near future. Depending on deliveries of the vaccines and the time needed to prepare, the aim is to start administering the COVID-19 vaccinations in October 2023.

Read the news item on the website of the Dutch government (in Dutch).

Download the advisory letter to Parliament and annexed documents (in Dutch).