RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment has a national registration system: the COVID-19 vaccination Information and Monitoring System (CIMS). CIMS is used to keep track of key data on COVID-19 vaccination that will be important in controlling the epidemic:
- Vaccination coverage: the number of people who have been vaccinated and the corresponding percentage of the Dutch population. • Safety: keeping track of the safety and side-effects of the vaccines.
- Emergency situations: if something goes wrong, a doctor must be able to check who has been vaccinated with which vaccine.
- Effectiveness of the vaccinations.
Data registration? Only if you give consent
The Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) or your GP will only share your data with RIVM if you give your consent for it to be shared.
What RIVM does with your data
The national register is important for your safety, for research purposes to see if the vaccine works effectively, and to decide whether measures can be relaxed when vaccination coverage reaches sufficiently high levels. You can also be alerted quickly in the event of any side-effects, for example.
This is important for your safety. Also, you can help us to evaluate if the vaccine is working effectively, and to decide whether measures can be relaxed when vaccination coverage reaches sufficiently high levels.
What we register
RIVM registers the following data:
- Citizen service number (BSN)
- Date of birth
- First and last name
- Reason for vaccination (age / medical condition / care worker)
- Date and location where you received the vaccination
- Name of the vaccine and batch ID.
How long your data is retained
RIVM will in principle retain your vaccination records for 20 years, in accordance with the law. This may be shorter or longer if necessary for the purposes of registration as described above.
Who can view your data
Only a small number of people will be able to view your personal data. These are the people who implement the vaccination programme or who are required to alert you if something has gone wrong. For policy-related and statistical purposes, the data is anonymised.
View, edit or delete your own data
You can always view or edit your data. You can also have your data deleted from the RIVM register at any time. By mid-April, this can be done easily via your personal vaccination overview at rivm.nl/en/myrivm-vaccinations.
Rights of the data subjects
You have a number of rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For example, you have the right to inspect and correct your data. Go to Rights of the data subjects.