Welcome to the crisis website of the Public Entity Bonaire. This website is online when there is a crisis. That is why you can now find all information about COVID-19 on this website.

Q&A vaccination

Last update: October 21st, 2021

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

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Approach

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.

Where can I sign up to be vaccinated? And how does it work?

All residents aged 12 years and older may register for coronavirus inoculation.
This is possible 24 hours a day via the website. You may also call the call center #Banbakuná toll-free number 0800-0900 for an appointment.

Parents of young people aged 12 to 17 may only make an appointment via telephone. Please find the information for this group in the separate Q&A on this page.

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.

Registering online works like this:
* Go to the website www.bonairecrisis.com There is a button with the text “Register COVID Vaccination”. Click on this button to open a registration form, which includes a health check.
* During your registration you must provide a phone number and an email address.
* It is not possible to register more than one person using one and the same email address.
* Once this form has been completed, the registration is finished. Our employees will then process the registration.
* If there are any problems with the online registration please report this by email to: vaccinatie.info@bonairegov.com
* You will then receive an email notification of your appointments for the first and second inoculations within five working days after registering.
* The time between the two inoculations will be five weeks.
* People may be inoculated from Monday to Saturday.
* You cannot specify on which day you would prefer to get your inoculation.

* Based on the information provided in your health check you may be informed that you must first consult with your family doctor before you can get a vaccination appointment. In this case you may only make a vaccination appointment through the call center after consultation with your family doctor. The health check may also indicate that you will first need to pass by the attending physician at the vaccination location.
* You may find the Health Declaration for your COVID-19 vaccination here: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Formulier-Gezondheidsverklaring_Nederlands.pdf

* The website will detail what you should bring with you to your vaccination appointment. You must bring a valid ID and the use of a face mask is mandatory.

* Alternatively you may telephone the call center #Banbakuná op number 0800 0900, free of charge, to make an appointment. A health check will be done by telephone and an employee will then inform you of the appointment times for your first and second inoculations. The appointments will be confirmed by telephone or email. If you do not have an email address, you may provide the email address of a family member or acquaintance.

* 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.

So, you may register by phone or online, but we prefer that you register online if at all possible.
* Please read the information on the website carefully before coming to the vaccination location.
* It is important that everyone who has an appointment arrives at the vaccination location at the agreed time. Vaccines are scarce and expensive. If you do not keep your appointment, the Public Health Department may –consequently- not be able to get the optimal number of inoculations from every vial. That would be most unfortunate. If you really cannot keep your appointment, call as soon as possible to notify the vaccination team.

Which phone number should I call to make a vaccination appointment?

You may register via the new, toll-free telephone number: 0800 0900.
This call center # Banbakuná is available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – noon and from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

You may also direct any questions about vaccination and the vaccine to this call center.

It is also possible to register online for the coronavirus vaccination at: www.bonairecrisis.com . This can be done 24 hours a day. It is the easiest way to make an appointment for an inoculation.

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.

Can I get proof of vaccination (a QR code) on Bonaire for my trip to Europe? Can I also access this QR code in the CoronaCheck-app?

Yes you can. You may request proof of vaccination via 0800-0900 if you have been fully vaccinated. This proof is in the form of a paper QR code. When you make this request you will be given an appointment to collect it.
When applying for and collecting the QR code, you must have your vaccination certificate and your passport at hand.
For traveling in Europe, you must be able to display the QR code digitally. All fully vaccinated residents of Bonaire may now upload the QR code in the CoronaCheck-app. You may also use your sedula for identification to do so.
You will receive written instructions on how to do this when you pick up your paper QR code.
The call center is available Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM – noon and from 1 PM – 5 PM on 0800-0900.
Overseas phone numbers may not be able to contact 0800-0900. In this case you can call +599 715 5390 during office hours.
Vaccinated residents of Bonaire who are currently in the Netherlands and do not have a QR code may request one from the GGD (Municipal Health Service) in Utrecht. You can do this during office hours on: 030 – 8002899.

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, from 09:00 – 14:00 o’clock, on:

Saturday October 23rd
Saturday October 30th
Saturday November 6th
Saturday November 13th
Saturday November 20th
Saturday November 27th
Saturday December 4th
Saturday December 11th
Saturday December 18th

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: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Formulier-Gezondheidsverklaring_Engels.pdf

What is the planning for vaccinating the residents of Bonaire

The Pfizer vaccines arrived on Bonaire in February 2021.
* Commencing 22 February healthcare personnel started to be inoculated against the coronavirus.
* From 1 March onwards, inoculations started for people aged 60 years and older.
* From 27 March onwards inhabitants aged 18 years and older might register for a coronavirus inoculation.
* From July 2nd 2021 onwards inhabitants aged 12 till and including 17 years may register for a coronavirus inoculation.

* The Pfizer vaccine works best after two inoculations. The time between the two inoculations will be maximum five weeks.

* The Netherlands is sending several shipments of Pfizer vaccines to Bonaire to enable the inoculation of the entire population aged 12 years and older.
* The risk that you may get coronavirus after the second inoculation is small, but it is not zero. Therefore, both vaccinated people and people who have not been vaccinated must continue to adhere to the coronavirus measures.

If I want to travel and have already been vaccinated, do I still need to get tested?

Yes, you do. For the time being the same requirements apply to people who have been vaccinated as to those who have not been vaccinated. The reason for this is that it is not yet known whether someone who has been vaccinated can still spread the coronavirus.

Do I still have to adhere to the coronavirus measures after I have been vaccinated?

Yes you do.
Everyone who has been vaccinated still has to adhere to the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The vaccination protects you so that you do not become seriously ill if you do get coronavirus. The risk that you will get coronavirus after two inoculations is smaller than if you are not fully vaccinated.
The risk that you infect someone else with the virus is also smaller, but is not zero.
Therefore, both vaccinated people and people who have not been vaccinated must adhere to the coronavirus measures.

May people who are on the island temporarily also get vaccinated?

If you are on Bonaire for more than 2 months, you may register for vaccination. Furthermore, after you have received your first inoculation, you must remain on Bonaire for another 3 weeks in order to be able to receive the second inoculation.

Which vaccines will Bonaire receive from the Netherlands?

Bonaire will receive the PfizerBioNTech vaccine from the Netherlands. This vaccine has been approved for the European market. For further information about the coronavirus vaccines please visit: https://www.rivm.nl/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccines/questions-and-answers-corona-vaccine

If I decide to get vaccinated, may I choose which vaccine I get?

No, you may not. You do not have a choice.

Will I have to pay for the coronavirus vaccination?

No, vaccination against the virus will be free of charge for everyone.

Will I receive a vaccination certificate after I have been inoculated?

After you have had the two injections you will receive a vaccination card. This card will contain your personal data, the dates you were vaccinated and the name of the vaccine. This card is yours to keep.

You can also get proof of vaccination in the form of a QR-code. You may request via 0800-0900.

Will there be enough vaccines for everyone on Bonaire?

Yes, the Public Health Department expects that 19,000 people will be vaccinated on Bonaire. The people who are not registered here and who are temporarily on the island have also been included in this number. The Public Health Department wants to vaccinate as many people as possible on Bonaire. In this way, the island will be better protected against the spread of the coronavirus.

Who will administer the vaccinations on Bonaire?

Nurses and physician assistants will administer the vaccinations. There will always be a physician present to make sure everything is in order.

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.

I am still not sure whether I want to get vaccinated. May I still register at a later time?

Yes, you may. You may always sign up for the free vaccination at a later time.

Why don't we only vaccinate the elderly and other vulnerable people? Then, surely, healthy people would not need a vaccination, would they?

It is true that the elderly and vulnerable people are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if they get coronavirus, but healthy people of all ages can also get the virus. The greater the number of people who get vaccinated, the fewer serious COVID-19 cases we will have.

Will it still be possible for me to travel, and will I still have access to (public) places and buildings if I do not get vaccinated?

It is too soon to comment on this at the moment. However, you may be sure that the greater the number of people who get vaccinated, the greater the chance will become that people will be able to travel and to move around without restriction. It is up to you whether you get vaccinated or not. People who do not wish to be vaccinated will not be treated differently on Bonaire

Vaccine: function

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.

What is a vaccine anyway?

A vaccine is a medicine that protects you against infectious diseases, such as measles, rubella, mumps, and also COVID-19. The vaccine ensures that you do not become very ill when you become infected with a virus. When you are inoculated or vaccinated, you receive an injection with the vaccine in your upper arm. You will get two injections, the second of which you will receive about a month after the first.

When you get the vaccine, your body will react by making antibodies. This is how you build resistance to the virus. Should you then become exposed to the virus your body will recognize it and will start producing antibodies more quickly. In this way there is only a small chance that you will become very ill.

Why do I need to get two shots, is one shot not enough?

With two inoculations of the Pfizer vaccine you are better protected and you will not become seriously ill if you do become infected with the coronavirus. With one shot you are less protected. Protection with only one vaccination is not as good, and it will decrease over time. Therefore, there is a greater chance that you will become seriously ill if you are infected with the coronavirus. In addition, after one shot you are less well protected against variants of the coronavirus, such as the Delta variant, which is now also on Bonaire.

What does the first inoculation do?
Your immune system, which is your body’s defense against diseases, is activated. Your body responds to the vaccine as an intruder in your body and starts making antibodies to reject it. This is how protection against the coronavirus is built up. The vaccine lays the foundations for this process.

What does the second inoculation do?
This vaccination ensures that your body’s defense against the coronavirus is considerably strengthened in no less than four ways.
1. The amount of antibodies your body produces increases enormously
2. The antibodies get better at their job. They attach better to the coronavirus and thus lead the attack against the virus.
3. Your body’s defense system remains on guard for longer and is better armed against the coronavirus for a longer period of time
4. The second shot reduces the chance that other variants of the virus can make you sick

You are fully vaccinated when you have had the first and second coronavirus vaccination. You can still become infected, but compared to someone who has only had one shot; you are much better protected against serious illness and hospitalization.

Haven’t had a second shot yet? Call 0800-0900 free of charge for an appointment. In August you can also visit Kompleho Deportivo Jorge Nicolaas on Saturdays without an appointment from 9 AM-2 PM. Bring your ID and your vaccination card with you so that the second inoculation may be added to your card.

Will the vaccine still work effectively if I don’t get my second inoculation until after five weeks

The Pfizer vaccine works best when there are three to six weeks between the first and second inoculation. The Health Council recommends administering the second dose three to six weeks after the first.
Bonaire is following this advice in order to be able to provide a larger group of residents with the first inoculation in the shortest time possible. In so doing , more residents will quickly gain partial protection against infection by the virus.

Is it true that one vaccination is enough if I have already had COVID-19? What is the advice for Bonaire residents?

The Health Council in the Netherlands has stated that people who have had coronavirus have already acquired six months of protection by themselves. This means that they cannot become seriously ill from coronavirus during that period. When these people receive one inoculation with the vaccine, their bodies will be sufficiently protected after a few weeks, so they will not become seriously ill from coronavirus. They will be just as protected as people who have not had coronavirus but have received two inoculations with the vaccine.

The Public Health Department advises Bonaire residents who have suffered from coronavirus that:
* They should only get vaccinated four weeks after their first coronavirus symptoms
* If they have had COVID-19, they should notify us immediately when making their vaccination appointments
* During their first inoculation appointment, they should consult with the doctor at the vaccination location whether to have a second inoculation with the vaccine or not.

Could I still infect others after I have been vaccinated?

It is not yet known whether someone who has been vaccinated can still spread the virus. We must, therefore, err on the side of caution. So for the time being people who have been vaccinated are subject to the same coronavirus rules as those who have not.

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.

Can I still get coronavirus after I have been vaccinated?

Yes, that is possible. The vaccination does work, but it takes a while for the body to produce antibodies against the coronavirus. One week after the second vaccination in excess of 90% of people are protected against the virus. The risk that you may get coronavirus after the second inoculation is small, but it is not zero. The risk that you may still get coronavirus after the first inoculation is greater. That is why it is important to get the second inoculation as well. If you have symptoms that may indicate coronavirus, it is always important to get tested.

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.

If someone who has been vaccinated has a positive PCR test at a later date, could that be related to the vaccination?

No, the vaccination itself does not affect a PCR-test result or an antigen-test result. A vaccination does not leave any traces of the coronavirus in the body, so if someone receives a positive PCR-test result (i.e. is infected) that has nothing to do with the vaccination.

The Pfizer vaccine has an efficacy of 95%. What does this actually mean?

Currently, Bonaire residents are being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. This vaccine has an efficacy of 95% against coronavirus. It means that people who get the Pfizer vaccine are 95% less likely to get sick from coronavirus than people who haven’t had an inoculation.

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.

If I have any side effects after the vaccination, where should I report this?

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 have any side effects that worry you, please report this to your family doctor as soon as possible.

In the Netherlands, all vaccine side effects are reported to and tracked by the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb. Bonaire residents may also report any side effects to Lareb. This is possible via: www.lareb.nl
NB When completing your report at Lareb, you will be asked for your zip code. You may leave this field empty. The form may be sent without a zip code.

Vaccine: safety

Could I get a blood clot (thrombosis) after vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine?

Only the Pfizer vaccine is used on Bonaire. The rare and serious side effect of blood clots has occurred with other coronavirus vaccines. Up to now this has not happened with the Pfizer vaccine.
If you are on blood thinners, it should not be a problem to get inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine, but please consult your doctor first. State that you are using blood thinners when making the inoculation appointment and when you arrive at the vaccination location. It is also useful to bring a list of your medications or the medication itself to the inoculation appointment.

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.

I have already had COVID-19, should I still get vaccinated?

The Health Council in the Netherlands has recommended that people who have had COVID-19 should also be vaccinated. This advice also applies to Bonaire. You may be vaccinated four weeks or more after you have had coronavirus symptoms. You may discuss whether a second vaccination is necessary with the doctor at the inoculation location.

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

Are there things I should not do after being vaccinated?

Bonaire residents are being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer advises to be cautious during the first 48 hours after inoculation. It is advised not to go scuba diving for 48 hours. If you have any side effects after the vaccination, then it is advised not to start diving again until after you have been free of side effects for 24 hours. It is also advised not to undergo surgery 48 hours before or 48 hours after vaccination.