Shots fired: adults in the Netherlands can opt for Janssen vaccine today

Today’s the day! If you’re itching to get your yellow book stamped, listen up. In a bid to use the remaining 200,000 doses, anyone over the age of 18 in the Netherlands can opt to book an appointment for the Janssen vaccine.

The GGD has released a special phone number that any adult in the Netherlands can call to make an appointment for the one-shot coronavirus vaccine. However, it’s first come, first served. From 10 AM this morning, you are able to call this number to book your appointment: 0800-1295.

A GGD spokesperson tells RTL Nieuws “we have 200,000 vaccines to schedule appointments for, and the rule is: gone is gone.” The line has already been inundated with calls.

For those who are eager to get vaccinated ASAP, the opportunity may be tempting. The first jabs are expected to be given this Friday.

Convert current appointments

Now the answer to the big question. What if I already have an appointment for another vaccine? Never fear. If this is the case, you can call up the GGD telephone number and convert any existing appointments to opt for the Janssen vaccine, reports the NOS.

Get on the waiting list

If you can’t get an appointment straight away, you can opt to be put on a waiting list. This all depends on the uptake of the one-shot vaccine. We’re guessing it will be popular, as earlier this month 1,200 queued for it after a power outage in Utrecht.

READ MORE | Free food and live music: GGDs hope to increase vaccine rate by offering fun in the queue

However, there still isn’t any certainty over turnout. According to the RIVM, the vaccine provides up to 67% protection against coronavirus after one shot, this is a lower rate of protection than other vaccines. There have also been concerns over its link to thrombosis which may also affect the popularity in uptake.

Will you be calling the special number to get the Janssen vaccine? Tell us in the comments!

Feature Image: belchonock/Depositphotos

Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
A British native, Chloe has a love for other languages and cultures, having lived in Spain before moving to the Netherlands. She is keen to explore the Dutch landscape, cultural spots and — the most important — food! After being here for a few months she already has developed a mild addiction to kibbeling.


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