Luxury of choice: adults can opt for the Janssen vaccine next week

From next Wednesday, June 23, appointments will open for the one-shot Janssen vaccine. Use of the Janssen jab will start on June 25. Everyone over the age of 18 in the Netherlands is welcome to make an appointment.

Already made an appointment for a two-dose coronavirus vaccine, but would prefer to get it over in one go? Never fear, it will be possible to convert your existing appointment for a different vaccine into a booking for the Janssen jab, reports RTL Nieuws.

Converting your original booking

Hugo de Jonge, the outgoing Minister of Health, says that “the pace of vaccination is now so high that we have entered a phase where we have the luxury of choice.” Currently, the Netherlands has 200,000 Janssen vaccines available for use.

Where can you get a Janssen vaccine?

The GGD tells RTL Nieuws that it will use the Janssen vaccine in at least one vaccination location in each region. The health service will release more information soon — including the special telephone number that you can use for booking Janssen vaccines.

Pros and cons

The Dutch cabinet withdrew the Janssen shot from the vaccination program at the beginning of June. This was after the Health Council advised that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are more effective for young people.

Additionally, reports have linked the Janssen vaccine to a rare and serious side effect: thrombosis. Because the risk of becoming seriously ill with coronavirus is low for young people, some experts consider this an unnecessary risk for young people to take.

One dose

Nevertheless, the big advantage of the Janssen vaccine is that you only need one shot. For that reason, it’s already being used for people in the military, the homeless, and people in prison.

Will you be booking in for a Janssen shot? Tell us in the comments below

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Jen Lorimer 🇿🇼
Jen Lorimer 🇿🇼
An avid tea drinker, Jen was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She moved to Utrecht in 2017 to pursue her history degree. She loves people-watching, canoeing the Utrecht canals, and observing how the Dutch come alive in summer. Having been traumatised by a Dutch circle party, Jen wants to help equip other internationals with tips and tricks to survive and thrive in this wonderful flat country.

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  1. I think they should start using this on airports for people from higher risk areas; such as Brazil. At this moment these people can’t travel to The Netherlands. With the Janssen vaccine and a quarantine period there is no need to keep these people from enjoying our beautiful country. Tourism is good for the economy. They will spend more then a vaccine will cost.

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