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Teens can bring second vaccination appointment forward by two weeks

Teens can bring second vaccination appointment forward by two weeks

Teens can bring second vaccination appointment forward by two weeks

Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have been granted permission by the Dutch government to bring the date of their second coronavirus vaccination appointment forward by two weeks to ensure they are ready and protected in time for school to start.

Only 21 days between first and second Pfizer jabs

Around a month ago, the Ministry of Health started sending out invitations for young people aged 12 to 17 so they could be vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, it has been announced that teenagers who have already received their first dose can reschedule their second appointment.

Anyone aged 12 to 17 who had their second appointment scheduled for on or after August 16 can bring their appointment forward by two weeks - instead of having to wait 35 days, the second appointment can take place after only 21 days. Anyone who has an appointment scheduled will receive a text from the GGD over the coming days and will be able to call and reschedule. 

Dutch government speeds up vaccinations in the Netherlands

Thanks to large Pfizer deliveries that are expected at the start of August, the new policy means more people can be vaccinated faster. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge made the decision on Monday, saying “The sooner we are fully vaccinated, the better. To protect our own health, to protect the people we love. And to protect our freedom.” By bringing forward the second jab, the Health Minister says young people “can be ready for the new school year.”

Everyone aged between 12 and 17 received the Pfizer / BioNTech jab, and as of June 19, the period between the two doses has been shortened from 35 days to 25 days. While the government still asks that anyone who is waiting on their second jab not to call the GGD and reschedule their appointment, the vaccination policy is gradually being adjusted in order to allow for people to be fully vaccinated earlier than planned. 

Many over the age of 18 received the Moderna vaccine. The government says that, as soon as supply allows for it, the period between the two Moderna jabs will also be brought forward.

Victoria Séveno

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Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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