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.
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.
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