Following an advisory report by the Health Council of the Netherlands, Minister De Jonge decided on 6 July 2021, effective as of 16 July, that people who had received one vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine could opt for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for their second jab.
Starting at 10:00 on Friday 16 July, people born in 1956 or before can make an appointment with the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) by calling 0800-7070. In the following days, people from successive birth years who would like to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as their second vaccination will be given the opportunity to make an appointment, from 10:00 on.
The planned distribution per day and birth year is as follows:
- Friday 16 July – people born in 1956 or before
- Saturday 17 July – people born in 1957
- Monday 19 July – people born in 1958
- Tuesday 20 July – people born in 1959
- Wednesday 21 July – people born in 1960
- Thursday 22 July – anyone over 18 years old
Options for opening up earlier will be explored in the next few days.
Recent antibody research in the UK has shown that the combination of a first vaccination with AstraZeneca and a second vaccination with Pfizer/BioNTech offers the same effective protection against serious illness as two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
People who experienced a serious side-effect (TTS or capillary leak syndrome) or allergic reaction after one dose of AstraZeneca, and are therefore not allowed to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca, should also not be given a second jab with the Pfizer vaccine. It is not yet known whether the mRNA vaccination might reinforce the side-effect or allergic reaction. This group is advised not to get a second vaccination for the time being.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is used by the GGD and by GPs. People who have a second vaccination scheduled with their GP and would like to cancel that appointment are requested to inform their GP by email.
To obtain a QR code in the CoronaCheck app, both vaccinations must be registered.