No booster shot abroad, advises the GGD

The GGD is advising its residents to not get their booster shots outside of the Netherlands. They say that doing so can cause problems with registration in the Dutch CoronaCheck app.

Some Dutch people aren’t waiting to get their booster in the lowlands. Instead, they’re going over to other countries, like the neighbouring Germany, where everyone can already receive the shot, reports RTL Nieuws.

However, according to the GGD, foreign shots do not appear with a vaccine certificate in the Dutch CoronaCheck app. Those who have gotten their booster abroad can only get a paper coronavirus entry pass after they’ve registered the jab in the Netherlands.

Travelling abroad may be difficult

Furthermore, getting your booster abroad may also spell trouble when travelling abroad. The EU Digital COVID Certificate won’t be available in the CoronaCheck app to allow people to travel. ✈️

However, this type of certificate must be issued from the EU country where the booster was received, says a spokesperson from the GGD GHOR.

So don’t worry, you’d still be able to travel β€” you just won’t be able to do it via the CoronaCheck app. πŸ™…β€β™€οΈ

READ MORE | No booster shot? You could be blocked from international travel after February

“To avoid disappointment, we advise people to have themselves pricked in the Netherlands,” says the GGD spokesperson. 😱

Currently, the Netherlands expects to have all adults vaccinated with the booster vaccine before the end of January.

What do you think about the GGD advising against getting the booster vaccine abroad?

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Nicole Ogden πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡­ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Hailing from the bustling city of Bangkok, Nicole is a Thai/American international student who came to the Netherlands to study linguistics. When she's not reading books or listening to true crime podcasts, she's practising her singing and guitar skills! She is also attempting to pick up the Dutch language (moeilijk).


  1. Let’s discourage people from getting boosters? How about just figure out a way to register the booster. My 1st and 2nd dose are registered with ggd and I received both abroad. It shouldn’t matter where you get the vaccine, we should be encouraging vaccinations.


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