From 6 October on, a specific group of people with severely impaired immunity (immunocompromised patients) will receive their invitation for a third vaccination against COVID-19. This involves patients who are being treated by a medical specialist for a specific health condition or are taking certain prescription medications.
People who are eligible can expect their invitation between 6 and 31 October via the hospital where they are receiving treatment. Only people with an invitation can receive a third vaccination from the Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs).
Specific group of patients
Many people with impaired immunity are sufficiently protected after receiving two COVID-19 vaccinations. However, within specific groups, there are some patients that may not be well protected against COVID-19 after two vaccinations. This has been demonstrated by recent scientific research. For that reason, a third vaccination has been recommended for these people. This group is expected to involve 200,000–400,000 patients with severely impaired immunity who are being treated by a medical specialist. See also: information for people with impaired immunity on the RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment website.
The Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) previously announced this decision, based on advice from RIVM and a working group of medical specialists. See also the advisory report by the Health Council of the Netherlands.