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Q&A vaccination

Last update: April 12th, 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.

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Good to know

Where can I find the Health Declaration that is used for vaccination registration?

You may find the Health Declaration for your COVID-19 vaccination here:

Booster dose

1st and 2nd dose

What is a COVID certificate? And why do I need one?

With a COVID certificate you can prove that you have been fully vaccinated or that you have recovered from coronavirus. A COVID certificate may also show a negative test result.

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. In more and more countries you must have a COVID certificate to be able to gain access to events, restaurants, bars and other activities. This is because a lot of people gather in these places and it is, therefore, difficult to keep 1.5 meters apart. On Bonaire we will use QR codes to permit access to events and hospitality establishments where the risk of spreading the virus is high due to the number of visitors and activities such as singing, dancing and shouting.

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 the Public Health Departement. This may be done by appointment from Monday to Friday between noon and 2.30 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 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 12 years and older may register for coronavirus inoculation.
This is possible via the toll-free number 0800-0900.

The call center is open from Monday to Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M.If you are unable to get through, please try again at a quieter time.

It is also possible to get an inoculation without an appointment. For dates and times, please see the separate Q&A on this page and the messages on Facebook.

Why are children aged 12 to 17 years of age being vaccinated?

• The Health Council in the Netherlands has advised to vaccinate children of this age, as it appears that the vaccine is 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 people around him or her.

Where and how may young people aged between 12 and 17 register for the coronavirus shot?

From 2 July 2021, young people aged 12 to 17 may be registered for coronavirus inoculations. This is possible via the toll-free number 0800-0900, from Monday to Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM.

On Bonaire, young people aged 12 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).

Parents can also get an inoculation for their child without an appointment. For the dates and times, please see the separate Q&A on this page and the messages on Facebook of Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire.

Recently, there have been an increasing number of cases of young people and their housemates becoming infected on the island. These young people do not become seriously ill but they do have to go into isolation. In practice, it seems that young people have difficulty going into isolation. If young people are vaccinated, it will help prevent the spread of coronavirus on the island. There is also a small chance that young people will become seriously ill if they become infected. After a coronavirus shot, that chance becomes even smaller for them.

There are about 1,400 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 on the island. The Public Health Department has enough vaccines to vaccinate all young people.

I cannot reach the Public Health Department Vaccination number 0800-0900 using a foreign phone. Is there another number I can call?

It is possible that the 0800-0900 number may not be accessible with a foreign phone. In such a case you may phone +599 715 5390 during office hours.

It is now also possible to get vaccinated WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. Where and when can I do this?

Vaccinated without an appointment is possible at Kompleho Deportivo Jorge Nicolaas, Kaya Amsterdam.

You can get vaccinated on:

  • May 21st             09:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • May 28th           09:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • June 4th             09:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • June 11th            09:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • June 18th           09:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • June 25th           09:00 am – 12:30 pm

Every Saturday, from 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM, you can get your booster dose without an appointment.

Am I obliged to get vaccinated?

No, you are not obliged to get vaccinated. The Bonaire Public Health Department will provide information about the vaccine and the vaccination process. It will also explain what the impact would be for all of us should many people get vaccinated or if only a few choose to do so. You may then 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 – 02:00 PM, you can get your booster dose without an appointment at Kompleho Deportivo Jorge Nicolaas, Kaya Amsterdam

Who is the booster shot for?

The booster shot is for people 18 years and older who have been fully vaccinated.

You may get the booster vaccination three months after your second coronavirus vaccination.

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 2.30 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 two initial coronavirus shots. This is necessary because the protection of the two initial coronavirus vaccinations decreases over time. Additionally, it may turn out that the two coronavirus shots protect less efficiently against new variants of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus vaccines serve to adequately protect vaccinated people so that they do not become seriously ill if they become infected with the coronavirus. A vaccinated person is 94% less likely to be hospitalized should they be infected and 97% less likely to be admitted to Intensive Care.

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 5-11 years receive a booster shot?

No, they do not need a booster shot. The booster shot is only for people aged 18 years and older. 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

How can I be sure that it is safe to get vaccinated?

Before a vaccine comes onto the market it is rigorously tested. A vaccine will only be introduced to the market if it is certain that it works well and it is safe. Vaccines are, therefore, first tested in extensive human trials before they are released to the market. 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. Bonaire will receive the PfizerBioNTech vaccine from the Netherlands.

May I combine the Pfizer vaccine with birth control pills?

Yes, this is possible. Vaccines do not affect the reliability of birth control pills. The pill does not impact your immune system in any way. They also do not affect the immune response that the coronavirus vaccine induces in your body.

On Bonaire from May 2021 onwards pregnant women are encouraged to get vaccinated. Why is that?

Research has shown that no serious side effects after vaccination have been reported in a very large group of pregnant women.
In the United States 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated with the mRNA vaccine, including the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer.
For that reason, from May onwards, all pregnant women on Bonaire are advised to get vaccinated and to keep well informed about developments.

Are you pregnant or do you want to become pregnant? Then talk to your doctor or gynecologist and decide whether vaccination is the best choice for you.
If you subsequently decide to get vaccinated, make an appointment for your first inoculation via 0800 0900 or make use of the walk-in possibility at the sports complex. Inform the doctor at the inoculation location that you are pregnant.

Good to know:
* Pregnant women have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus than women who are not pregnant. This has been shown by research.
* If you want to become pregnant you may also be vaccinated.
* Vaccination does not affect your fertility or the placenta. 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.
* Newborn infants are protected from infectious diseases by the antibodies they receive from their mothers through the placenta. These antibodies disappear slowly in the months after birth. It is unknown whether this also happens with the antibodies that are produced after vaccination. It does seem likely, however, that they will disappear as well.
* There is no evidence that the vaccine enters breast milk or reaches the baby through breastfeeding.
* If you are pregnant and you decide to get vaccinated, please share your experiences on the website www.mothersoftomorrow.nl

Why should I get vaccinated?

If you get vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself against the coronavirus, but also your family, friends and colleagues, and any other people around you who may be vulnerable. Once people are vaccinated, the virus will no longer be able to spread unchecked. Fewer measures and rules will then be necessary to ensure that the virus is contained.

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.

The vaccine is said to affect sex drive in men. It is also said to affect fertility in women. Is this true?

The vaccine has been extensively tested on both men and women. The studies have not provided any evidence whatsoever that the vaccine affects sex drive in men. The vaccine has also not been found to affect fertility in women.