The repeat vaccination against COVID-19 for 2023 has been available since September. People aged over 60 who had been vaccinated before had a more than 75% lower risk of hospitalisation with COVID-19 after getting the repeat vaccination.
In the period from 9 October until 20 November, RIVM compared people aged over 60 who had had a repeat vaccination against COVID-19 in the autumn round with those who had not. This comparison showed that people who had had a repeat vaccination had a 77% lower risk of hospitalisation with COVID-19 than those who had been vaccinated before, but had not had this repeat vaccination yet. The risk of being admitted to intensive care for the former group was 84% lower.
Hospitalisations with COVID-19 this autumn
This is based on the data of 1,563 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital in the period from 9 October until 20 November this year and to whom RIVM could link their vaccination status. Of this group of patients, 10% was aged under 60. Of the hospitalised patients aged 60 and over, 10% had no registered vaccination status. Most hospitalised patients (86%) had been vaccinated before, but had not or had not yet had the repeat vaccination against COVID-19 in the 2023 autumn round. Of the hospitalised patients, 4% had had the repeat vaccination in the 2023 autumn round.
Repeat vaccination remains important for vulnerable people
COVID-19 is still around and is still making people ill, some of them seriously. As a result, it remains important that people who are at an elevated risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 continue to get vaccinated. A repeat vaccination will boost their protection against hospitalisation and reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.
People aged 60 and over, people who qualify for the seasonal flu vaccine and healthcare professionals have until 22 December to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Pregnant women and people who are referred by a physician can continue to get vaccinated after that date. Visit planjeprik.nl to make an appointment.