The Netherlands’ vaccination programme is picking up speed. People in their 30s are already being invited to book an appointment.
While you’re waiting your turn, you may have a few questions. When will I be able to get the vaccine? Will I get an invitation or do I need to register myself? The answer is: it depends on how you’re registered. Either way, the process is really simple.
Registered in the Dutch Personal Records Database as a resident
The Netherlands automatically offers the coronavirus vaccine to individuals who have been in the country for more than four weeks and who are registered with their local municipality as a resident. For most internationals in the Netherlands long term, this will be you.
If this is you, you’ll receive an invitation from the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment). The letter will go to your home address as soon as it is your turn. Alternatively, once your age group is formally called, you can also go ahead and make an appointment yourself without waiting for a letter
Registered as a non-resident
If you’re planning to live in the Netherlands for less than four months, you’ll most likely have registered as a non-resident. If that’s the case, you won’t receive an invitation letter. Instead, if you provided an email address in the Register of Non-residents, the Dutch government will send you an email with information about when and how you can make your appointment.
If you haven’t provided an email address, then you can call the GGD to make an appointment as soon as it’s your turn. Keep your citizen service number (BSN) on hand and simply call the GGD number 0800 7070 between 8 AM and 8 PM. Alternatively, if you have a DigiD, you can make your appointment online.
Not registered in the Netherlands
If you’re not registered with a Dutch municipality at all but are staying in the Netherlands for more than one month, you are also eligible for the vaccine under certain conditions and can book your appointment online. These conditions include:
- having a citizen service number (BSN) and DigiD,
- being in the current age group for vaccinations,
- staying in the country long enough to get the second shot (depending on which vaccine you’re getting).
If you’ve been in the Netherlands for more than one month but don’t have a BSN or DigiD, you can report to your embassy if you were born in 1955 or earlier. The embassy will then give you a phone number you can call to get an appointment.
When is my age group’s turn?
|Year of birth||When||Vaccine|
|1931 or earlier||From 25 January 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
|1932 – 1936||From 29 January 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
|1937 – 1941||From 5 February 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
|1942 – 1946||From 6 March 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
|1947 – 1951||From 6 April 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
|1952 – 1955||From 15 April 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca|
|1956 – 1957||From 15 February 2021||AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
|1958 – 1960||From 15 April 2021||AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
|1961 – 1971||From 27 April 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen|
|1972 – 1981||From early June 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen|
|1982 – 1991||From mid-June 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
|1992 – 2003||From mid-June 2021||BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna|
Source: government.nl, June 9, 2021
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