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Last update: June 10th, 2022

This information has been compiled by the Public Entity of Bonaire (OLB) in collaboration with the Public Health Department Bonaire and other organizations.

The list is continually updated. The developments surrounding COVID-19 are unpredictable; situations, rules and circumstances may change at any moment.

For the latest news please see the OLB press releases on its Facebook page.

If you have a question that is not yet included in the list, please e-mail it to info@bonairegov.com.

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Q&A's residents

Households

Is there an overview where I may find the current measures?

For an overview of the measures refer to the diagram at: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/measures/

What are the basic rules that apply on Bonaire?

• Wash your hands regularly;
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth;
• When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth or nose with the inside of your elbow or with a handkerchief;
• Air indoor areas regularly, keep the house and the office clean;
• If you have symptoms, stay at home and call 0800 0800 (free of charge).

Always adhere to these rules. Protect the vulnerable people around you.

Are people allowed to come together and are events allowed?

Yes they are and events are also allowed.
It does not matter how many people come together. Singing and dancing is allowed both indoors and outdoors.
Face masks are not mandatory.

Always adhere to the basic rules.

May music groups perform and may the audience dance?

Music groups may perform and sing for an audience. The audience is allowed to dance and sing both indoors and outdoors.

Companies

What are the rules for the hospitality sector from March 4th 2022 onwards?

Normal opening hours apply to the hospitality sector.
There is no set maximum for the number of visitors. Singing and dancing is allowed both indoors and outdoors.
Face masks and fixed seats are not mandatory.
Venue owners may establish their own rules for customer entry. They may require customers to use a face mask or hand sanitizer.

Always adhere to the basic rules.

What are the current rules for stores?

Stores may establish their own rules for customer entry. They may require customers to use a face mask, shopping cart or hand sanitizer.

Always adhere to the basic rules.

What are the rules for hairdressers and other contact professions?

Face masks are not mandatory.
Entrepreneurs may establish their own rules for customer entry, such as the use of a face mask or hand sanitizer.

Always adhere to the basic rules.

What are the rules for casinos and cinemas?

Normal opening hours apply to casinos and cinemas.
There is no limit to the number of visitors. Singing and dancing is allowed both indoors and outdoors.
Face masks and fixed seats are not mandatory.
Entrepreneurs may establish their own rules, they may require visitors to use face masks or hand sanitizer.

Always adhere to the basic rules.

What are the rules for saunas?

Face masks are not mandatory.
Entrepreneurs may establish their own rules for customer entry, such as the use of a face mask or hand sanitizer.

Always adhere to the basic rules.

May employers and companies refuse to employ staff or serve customers who have not been vaccinated?

No. Employers may not refuse to employ staff if they have not been vaccinated. Similarly companies are not allowed to refuse to serve unvaccinated customers. Vaccination is not mandatory. Employers are not allowed to ask their employees if they have been vaccinated as employees have the right to their privacy.

Schools and organizations

What are the rules for gyms and (competitive) sports?

Spectators are allowed to be present both indoors and outdoors. There is no maximum limit for spectators in gyms or in the stadium.
Face masks are not mandatory.
Entrepreneurs may establish their own rules for spectator entry, such as the use of a face mask or hand sanitizer.

Always adhere to the basic rules.

What are the rules for church masses, services and Friday prayers?

There is no maximum limit to the number of people that may come together.
Singing together is allowed.
Face masks are not mandatory.

Always adhere to the basic rules.

What are the coronavirus rules for schools?

Adults and students must adhere to the following basic rules: wash their hands regularly, cough and sneeze into their elbows or into a handkerchief and not touch their eyes or noses. The rooms in schools are to be regularly cleaned and aired.
Keeping distance and wearing a face mask is not mandatory.

Secondary education and MBO (secondary vocational education):
Students and teachers of secondary education and MBO are advised to take a self-test twice a week.
If the result of the self-test is negative, they are allowed to go to school. If the result is positive, they have to go into isolation and make an appointment with the Public Health Department to test again.

Q&A's travelers

Travelers to Bonaire

What are the requirements for travelers to Bonaire?

For information about travel to Bonaire please refer to: www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

Before departure, travelers should not have symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 infection, such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, increase in temperature or fever.

Travelers should check whether their health insurance covers medical expenses and possible costs related to COVID-19 during their stay on Bonaire.

What are the requirements for people traveling between Bonaire and Curaçao and vice versa?

People traveling from Curacao to Bonaire

For information about travel to Bonaire please refer to: www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

People traveling from Bonaire to Curacao

You may find the information about the entry requirements for Curacao at: www.covid19.cw/en/travel/

Other relevant information:

Travelers must be able to show all required documents on departure and arrival.

What are the requirements for people traveling between Bonaire and Aruba vice versa?

Travelers traveling from Aruba to Bonaire

For information about travel to Bonaire please refer to: www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

Travelers traveling from Bonaire to Aruba

For information about the travel requirements for Aruba see: https://www.aruba.com/nl/traveler-health-requirements

Additional information:

Travelers must be able to present all required documents at departure and at arrival.

Traveling from Bonaire

I need a test result to travel. Where on Bonaire can I get tested for coronavirus?

This is possible at one of the following commercial parties on Bonaire:

The Public Health Department will only test you if you have symptoms.

Do travelers from Bonaire to the Netherlands have to show a coronavirus pass upon arrival?

No. From March 23rd, 2022, travelers from Bonaire to the Netherlands do not have to show a ‘coronavirus pass’: a vaccination certificate, a PCR-test certificate or a recovery certificate.

Q&A's medical

Tests and testing policy

My self-test result is positive. Now what?

Take another test as soon as possible at the Public Health Department!
Call the toll-free number 0800-0800 for a test appointment. This number is available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 01:00 p.m.

Why?
1) The result of the self-test may be positive even though you are not infected. A PCR test is more reliable than a self-test. If you go for another test at the Public Health Department, you could prevent yourself from going into isolation for no reason.
2) You will not receive a recovery certificate based on a positive self-test result alone and you need proof of recovery to be able to travel after a COVID-19 infection.
For more information about isolation and quarantine, please refer to: www.bonairecrisis.com/covid-19-information

When should I not use a self-test?

If you have delicate health or are seriously ill;
If you work with people who have delicate health or who are seriously ill;
If you have contact with people who have delicate health or who are seriously ill;
To determine whether you may leave quarantine. You may only leave quarantine after a PCR test at the Public Health Department. You should take the PCR test on the 5th day after your last contact with an infected person.

In such cases make a test appointment at the Public Health Department. Call 0800 0800 for an appointment.

What is the difference between a self-test and a PCR test?

A PCR test is more reliable than a self-test.
A PCR test is administered by an expert. Such an expert knows exactly how to remove mucus from the nose and throat for the test.
It is checked in a laboratory whether the COVID-19 virus is present in the mucus. A PCR test is more sensitive for detecting COVID-19 virus particles than a self-test. It can even detect the virus when a person has (almost) no symptoms yet.
If your self-test is positive, go into isolation at home. Call 0800 0800 and make an appointment for a PCR test to make sure you really have coronavirus.

I need a test result to travel. Where on Bonaire can I get tested for coronavirus?

This is possible at one of the following commercial parties on Bonaire:

The Public Health Department will only test you if you have symptoms.

Which number could I call when I have COVID-19 related symptoms?

Contact the Public Health Department on 0800 0800 if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • a nasal cold
  • a runny nose
  • sneezing
  • a sore throat
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • elevated temperature
  • fever
  • sudden loss of smell and/or taste

The toll free number can be reached from Monday to Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM and on Saturday and Sundays from 8 AM – 1 PM.

You must go into isolation immediately. Stay at home and do not receive visitors. You may not have any contact with other members of the household.

I cannot reach 0800-0900. Is there another phone number?

You can call +599 715 5390 during office hours. This number is not free of charge.

I have been vaccinated and I have coronavirus symptoms. Do I need to be tested?

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still catch COVID-19.

Therefore, get tested as soon as possible if you have one or more of these symptoms:
• Common Cold
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Sore throat
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Elevated temperature
• Fever
• Sudden loss of smell or taste
• Headache
• Fatigue

Stay at home and call the Public Health Department at the toll free number 0800-0800. This number is available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 01:00 p.m.

What happens at the drive-through test lane for COVID-19?

On the day of your test appointment you will need to drive to the Public Health Department’s test location. This is opposite the stadium at Kaya Gilberto F. Croes number 24.

Please bring a face mask and your sédula or passport.

At the test location you will be directed where to drive to and the whole test procedure will be explained to you. Taking the test takes a few minutes. After the test you must drive straight home. This means you are not allowed to stop at the supermarket or visit friends on the way. You must remain at home until you are called with the test result. If the test is positive, the Public Health Department will provide you with information about what you need to do. If the test is negative you may move around freely again.

Questions about the risk of infection

I have been vaccinated. Can I still get COVID-19?

Yes you can. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still become infected with the coronavirus. However, usually your symptoms will be mild. The risk that you will require hospitalization is 22 times smaller compared to a person who has not been vaccinated. If you have one or more of these symptoms

  • Cold
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Elevated temperature
  • Fever
  • Sudden loss of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Please have yourself tested as soon as possible. Stay at home and call the Public Health Department on the free number 0800-0800. This number is available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 :00 a.m. until 01 :00 p.m.

If I become infected with the corona virus how long does it take before I get symptoms?

After 2 to 14 days after your infection with COVID-19, you may get symptoms.

When am I allowed to leave the house again after a COVID-19 infection?

On the fifth day after you had your first symptoms you may leave isolation. But only if you were symptom-free for 24 hours prior to this fifth day. If you still have symptoms, you will have to wait until you have been symptom- free for 24 hours. After that you are allowed to leave the house.

Isolation lasts up to 10 days. If you are not free of symptoms after 10 days, you may leave isolation anyway.

Did you not experience any symptoms but have you tested positive? Then you may leave isolation on the fifth day after your COVID-19 test.

The Public Health Department will contact you at the end of your isolation period.

From which moment on can you infect others with COVID-19?

You can infect others from the moment you have symptoms that indicate you may have COVID-19.

Research shows that you may also even infect others two days before you have these symptoms.

The coronavirus is transmitted by droplets that are spread when you cough, sneeze, sing or talk.

Quarantine and isolation in relation to COVID-19

How long does isolation last?

If you had symptoms, then your first day of illness counts as day 0. Add five days to that. If you were symptom-free for 24 hours prior to this fifth day you may leave isolation. However, if you still have symptoms on the fifth day, you will have to wait until you have been symptom- free for 24 hours. Only then may you leave isolation.
For example: you experienced COVID-19 symptoms on Monday. That is day 0. Five days later is Saturday. If you have been symptom-free for 24 hours prior to that Saturday, you may leave isolation on the Saturday.

Isolation lasts up to 10 days. If you are not free of symptoms after 10 days, you may leave isolation anyway.

If you did not experience any symptoms, you must start counting from the day you were tested. This is day 0. Add five days to that and that will be the day you may leave isolation.
For example: you were tested on Monday. This is day 0. Five days later it is Saturday. On this Saturday you may you leave isolation.

Do I have to go into quarantine after I have had contact with an infected person?

No. If you have had (close) contact with an infected person, you do not have to go into quarantine. Household members of an infected person do not have to go into quarantine either. However, household members must keep their distance from the infected person and must not enter the infected person’s room.

Be extra vigilant watching for coronavirus symptoms.

Contact the Public Health Department to make an appointment via telephone number 0800 0800 if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Common cold
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Elevated temperature
  • Fever
  • Sudden loss of smell or taste

This toll-free number is available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Foreign callers may also call +599 715 5399, this number is not toll-free.

Behavior and prevention

Is it mandatory to wear a face mask on Bonaire?

No, on Bonaire wearing a face mask is not mandatory.

One of my employees has symptoms. What steps should I take as the employer?

If an employee within your organization or company has symptoms that could indicate COVID-19, send them home immediately! Insist that the employee goes to be tested for COVID-19 at the Public Health Department.

Enable your employee to wait for the test result at home. Do not allow the employee to come to work until the result is known. Let them work from home if possible as this prevents the employee from infecting others.

If it is not possible for the employee to work from home and the Public Health Department advised them to stay at home, the employer is entitled to claim sickness benefit. As customary, the employer may report his employee to be on sick leave in the SZW Social & Health Insurance portal: MijnCN.nl.

What is a healthy and safe work environment?

It is very important to properly ventilate areas where people gather. Therefore, open windows and/or doors a few times a day, for at least 15 minutes.

Employees should be able to wash their hands regularly with soap and water and then dry them with paper towels.

Buildings should be properly cleaned on a daily basis with extra attention to places where many people place their hands, such as doorknobs. It is not necessary to disinfect the whole building.

Does anyone in the workplace have symptoms? Send him or her home with an urgent request to be tested. Give that colleague the opportunity to go into isolation.

Health

What is Long COVID?

Some people have symptoms for a prolonged period of time after they were infected with COVID-19. This is called “Long COVID” (“Long-term COVID”). These symptoms may persist for a few weeks to a few months after infection.

On Bonaire people who have symptoms for a prolonged period of time often experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of physical fitness
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of muscle power
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Problems sleeping
  • Problems concentrating

Some people develop psychological problems because of long-term COVID-19 symptoms.

Are you suffering from long-term COVID-19 symptoms? Are you unable to perform your work properly because of these symptoms? Or can you not get through the day because of these symptoms?

If so, please contact your doctor and discuss this.

I am pregnant. Can I become seriously ill from the coronavirus?

Yes, that is possible. Pregnant women are more at risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 than women who are not pregnant. This makes them more likely to require hospitalization or intensive care. Pregnant women who have a disease are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if they become infected with the coronavirus.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms please call 0800 0800 for a test appointment at the Public Health Department.

If you are pregnant and have COVID-19 symptoms and/or high fever contact your doctor immediately.

Pregnant women are advised to get vaccinated. It is safe to get vaccinated. The vaccination protects you against becoming seriously ill. It is also safe to get the booster shot.

Q&A's vaccination

Good to know

Where do I find the Health Declaration form to register for vaccination?

You will find the Health Declaration form for your COVID-19 vaccination registration here:

1st and 2nd booster dose

1st and 2nd dose

What is a COVID certificate? Why do I need one?

This is prove that you have been fully vaccinated or that you have recovered from coronavirus. A negative test result is also a COVID certificate.

A COVID certificate comes in the form of a QR code. This QR code is available on paper or digitally, such as in an app on your phone. A digital COVID certificate is also called a COVID pass.

You need a COVID certificate to travel.

Would you like to request your QR code or do you have questions about the QR code? Please call 0800 0900 for an appointment. You may call from Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

How may I request my QR code?

If you are fully vaccinated you may request your QR code by calling 0800 0900. This phone number is available from Monday to Friday from 8 AM– 5 PM. Please have your vaccination certificate and your passport or sédula ready when you call for your QR code.

You will receive an appointment to collect your QR code from Public Health Department.This may be done by appointment from Monday to Friday between Noon and 1 PM.

When you pick it up you will receive your personal QR code on paper together with an explanation of how to import this QR code into the CoronaCheck-app.

How do I import my paper QR code into the CoronaCheck-app?

Download the CoronaCheck-app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Open the CoronaCheck-app.

Click on ‘Add paper certificate’ in the top left menu.

Enter the letter combination and scan the International QR code on your paper QR certificate.

If you are unable to import the QR code into the CoronaCheck-app, please call 0800 0900.

Where can I sign up to be vaccinated?

All residents aged 5 years and older can get vaccinated without an appointment at Jorge Nicolaas sports complex. For dates and times, please see the messages on the Facebook page of the public entity of Bonaire.

Can children age 12 to 17 years get vaccinated?

Yes they can. The Health Council in the Netherlands has advised to vaccinate children age 12 to 17 years. The vaccine is also suitable for this age group.

Children who are infected with the coronavirus usually only have mild symptoms. But sometimes their symptoms may persist for a long time after the infection. Just like adults, children can also transmit the virus to others.

A vaccinated child is better protected and also helps protect the vulnerable people around him or her.

Where may young people aged between 5 and 17 register for the coronavirus shot?

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 years can get vaccinated without an appointment at Jorge Nicolaas sports complex. For dates and times, please see the messages on the Facebook page of the public entity of Bonaire.

On Bonaire, children and young people aged 5 to 17 need their parents’ permission to receive a coronavirus inoculation.

At the vaccination location parents must give their permission for the vaccination by signing a statement. They must also present an ID or sedula (for parent and child).

I cannot reach 0800-0900. Is there another phone number?

You can call +599 715 5390 during office hours. This number is not free of charge.

Am I obliged to get vaccinated?

No, you are not obliged to get vaccinated. You may decide for yourself whether or not you choose to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Booster shot

How may I register for the booster vaccination?

Every Saturday, from 09:00 AM – 12:30:00 PM, you can get your booster dose without an appointment at Kompleho Deportivo Jorge Nicolaas, Kaya Amsterdam

Who is the booster shot for?

The first booster shot is for people aged 12 years and over who who have been fully vaccinated. You may get the first booster shot  three months after your second coronavirus vaccination.

The second booster shot is for:

  • Anyone aged 60 and over
  • People with serious medical problems with a referral letter from their specialist
  • And residents of nursing and retirement homes

You may get the second booster shot at least three months after your first booster shot or three months after a COVID-19 infection.

I have had COVID-19 and I received two coronavirus shots. Should I have the booster shot?

Yes. You should have the booster shot, even if you have had COVID-19 and two coronavirus inoculations.

How much time should there be between my second shot and the booster shot?

It should be at least three months after the second coronavirus shot. It is not effective to get the booster shot within a shorter period of time following the second coronavirus vaccination.

I had COVID-19 after my second vaccination. How long should I wait before getting the booster shot?

You should wait at least three months after you tested positive for COVID-19.

How much time should there be between the booster shot and the flu shot?

You may get the flu shot two weeks after you have had the booster vaccination.

I live at home and I cannot come to the vaccination location. Can I still get the coronavirus vaccine?

Yes, call 0800 0900 for an appointment to receive the coronavirus vaccination at home.

Will the booster shot be included in the QR code proof of vaccination?

Yes, it is possible to add your booster shot to the CoronaCheck app.

Call 0800 0900 to request your paper QR code.

Have your vaccination certificate and your sédula or passport ready.

You may pick up the paper QR code for your booster by appointment from Monday to Friday between noon and 01:00 PM at the Public Health Department.

If you do not have a QR code for your first and second shot yet,  you can also request these at the same time.

What is a booster shot?

A COVID-19 booster shot is an extra inoculation, which serves to increase the protection of the coronavirus shots. This is necessary because the protection of the coronavirus vaccinations decreases over time.

Coronavirus vaccines serve to adequately protect vaccinated people so that they do not become seriously ill if they become infected with the coronavirus.

Which vaccine is used for the booster shot on Bonaire?

The Pfizer vaccine is used. On Bonaire, Pfizer has also been used for the first and second coronavirus vaccinations.

Is it safe to get the Pfizer booster shot if I have had a different make of coronavirus vaccine previously?

If you have received the coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca, Janssen, or Moderna, you can safely get the Pfizer booster vaccination.

Which symptoms am I likely to get after the booster shot?

The same symptoms as you are likely to get after the initial coronavirus shots. These could be, for example, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting. You may get these symptoms within a day or several days after the coronavirus shot.

You may report any symptoms to your family doctor.

What is the difference between a booster dose and the third coronavirus shot for people with low resistance?

People with normal resistance receive the booster shot after the initial two coronavirus vaccinations. For these people, the booster shot is the third coronavirus shot. The booster shot ensures that a vaccinated person receives extra protection again.

Some people do not have enough antibodies against COVID-19 in their bodies even after the initial two coronavirus vaccinations. These people typically have a severe immune disease, e.g. dialysis patients, or they have had an organ transplant. This is why they receive a third coronavirus dose followed by the booster shot. Their specialist will invite them for their third coronavirus shot via a letter.

The third shot for these people is registered as a third coronavirus shot, not as a booster shot. Before it was possible to get the booster shot on Bonaire, the people in this group received their third coronavirus shot through their specialist.

Who is eligible for the third coronavirus vaccination?

The third coronavirus shot is meant for people with a compromised immune system, a severe immune disease. They need a third coronavirus shot because the first two do not offer sufficient protection against coronavirus.

These are people who are being treated by a specialist for specific diseases or people who have to take certain medicines.

These patients will receive a medical referral letter for their third inoculation from their specialist.

Two coronavirus shots offer sufficient protection for young people and the elderly who are not under specialist treatment. Two shots ensure that people in this group do not become seriously ill and end up in hospital. The RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) monitors closely whether the vaccinations offer sufficient protection. If it becomes necessary for everyone to receive a third shot, it will be announced in due course, but it is not yet necessary.

Children 5-11 years

Which children aged 5-11 years may receive the coronavirus vaccination?

Children who have medical issues may receive the vaccination. These are children who are seriously ill and are being treated by a pediatrician. They have a high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

Children aged 5-11 years who are not at risk themselves, but who have very regular close contact with vulnerable people may also receive the coronavirus shot. These are, for example, children who live in the same house as their grandparents.

Why is it recommended not to give healthy children aged 5-11 years a coronavirus vaccination?

The chance of these children becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 is small.

It is merely a recommendation. Children may be vaccinated if their parents/guardians want them to be.

Why don't children aged 5-11 years need a coronavirus shot if they have had COVID-19?

They have built up so much resistance that they are already well protected.

Which vaccine do children aged 5-11 years receive?

They get the Pfizer vaccine. But the amount given to children aged 5-11 years is smaller.

How long should children aged 5-11 years wait to receive the coronavirus shot after they have had COVID-19?

It should be at least 12 weeks after the child has tested positive for COVID-19.

After someone has had COVID-19, they can get more side effects from a coronavirus vaccination. Therefore, children aged 5-11 years should wait at least 12 weeks before being vaccinated.

Do children aged 5 to 11 years receive a booster shot?

No, they do not need a booster shot. The booster shot is for people aged 12 years and older. The booster shot is especially important for people from the age of 18. In this group, the protection decreases after a few months and their resistance has to be increased with a booster shot.

What are the side effects of the coronavirus vaccination for children aged 5-11 years?

The side effects of the coronavirus shot are the same for children as for adults.

The side effects are the same as with other vaccinations. They are, for example, soreness or a small red bump at the site of the injection. You may also experience fatigue, headache, muscle pain, elevated temperature or chills. For most people the side effects disappear a few days after the vaccination.

How much time should pass between the first and the second vaccination for children aged 5-11 years?

For vulnerable children who are treated by the pediatrician: a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 8 weeks.

For all other children aged 5-11 years: a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks.

Safety and function

Is it safe to get vaccinated?

Yes. A vaccine will only be introduced to the market if it is certain that it works well and it is safe.

Before a vaccine comes onto the market it is rigorously tested. Vaccines are, therefore, first tested in extensive human trials. This is done to ensure that a vaccine does not have any serious side effects. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) must approve vaccines before they are allowed on the European market.

Why should I get vaccinated?

If you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself against the coronavirus. You have less chance of becoming (seriously) ill. You also protect the vulnerable people around you.  If you are vaccinated, you are less contagious.

If many people are vaccinated, fewer people will become (seriously) ill. This way we keep the pressure on our health system low.

May I combine the vaccine with birth control pills?

Yes, this is possible. Vaccines do not affect the reliability of birth control pills. And the other way around: birth control pills do not affect the efficacy of the vaccine.

I want to become pregnant. May I be vaccinated?

Yes you can. Vaccination does not affect your fertility. This is evident from studies carried out by all vaccine manufacturers.

Are you engaged in IVF? Discuss with your IVF practitioner whether you should be vaccinated.

I am pregnant. Should I get vaccinated?

If you are pregnant  you have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus than women who are not pregnant. This can have consequences for mother and child. That is why pregnant women are encouraged to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Talk to your doctor or gynecologist and decide whether vaccination is the best choice for you.

Does the vaccine still work with any new variants of the virus?

Yes it does. It is normal for a virus to change. This does not necessarily mean that the vaccine is no longer effective since only small changes to the virus occur. Many countries around the world are closely monitoring whether the vaccine protects against new variants of the virus. The current scientific information is that the vaccine does protect against known new variants of the virus.

Is there a risk of side effects from the vaccine?

With most vaccines people may experience side effects. This may include pain or a small red bump at the injection site. You may also experience fatigue, headache, muscle pain, an elevated temperature or chills. For most people the side effects go away within a few days after the inoculation.

If you are seriously ill, allergic to certain medicines or pregnant, please discuss this with your family doctor or the Public Health Department team in order to establish whether you should get vaccinated or not.

Does the vaccination against COVID-19 make you less fertile?

The vaccine has been extensively tested on both women and men. The studies have not provided any evidence whatsoever that the vaccine affect fertility.

Does the vaccine changes sex drive in men?

The vaccine has not been found to affect sex drive in men.