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Vaccination

It is important to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as it is crucial for your own health and the health of those around you. The spread of the coronavirus is stopped more effectively if more people get vaccinated. This way, fewer people get sick and the most vulnerable people on our island are protected. This reduces pressure on our healthcare system.

You’ll find information about the vaccine on this page and the approach of the vaccination program on Bonaire. You will also find the health check that you must bring to your vaccination appointment.

For answers to most frequently asked questions, you can also take a look at the vaccination-Q&A page.

Vaccination team

A team of nurses and doctor’s assistants takes care of the vaccination and administration.

Signing up for vaccination

1st and 2nd dose
People aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. You can register via 0800 0900.
It is also possible to get vaccinated without an appointment. Check ‘Vaccination location’ on this page.

First booster dose
Registration is open to anyone aged 18 and over.
Every Saturday, from 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM, you can get your booster dose without an appointment at Kompleho Deportivo Jorge Nicolaas, Kaya Amsterdam

Second booster dose
From April 2nd, 2022, these people can receive the second booster dose:

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

Every Saturday, from 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM, you can get your second booster dose without an appointment at Kompleho Deportivo Jorge Nicolaas, Kaya Amsterdam.
Residents of nursing and retirement homes can get the second booster shot in the home.

Health check

Take a completed health check with you to your appointment.

Booster dose: you can download the form here.

Children age 5-11 years: you can download the form here.

1st and 2nd dose: you can download the form here.

Vaccination location

The Jorge Nicolaas sports complex on Kaya Amsterdam is the vaccination location. 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

It is up to you whether you get vaccinated

You may decide for yourself whether or not to get vaccinated. It is not mandatory. However, if you do get vaccinated, you will be protecting yourself and the people around you and should you come into contact with the virus later on, you will not become seriously ill. The more people get vaccinated, the fewer cases we will have of COVID-19 with serious symptoms.

For answers to most frequently asked questions, you can also take a look at the vaccination-Q&A page.

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

Viruses and vaccines

A virus can make you ill. A virus must be inside your body in order to be able to multiply. There are various types of viruses, such as the flu virus, zika virus, and the coronavirus. A vaccine trains your body to defend itself against a virus and eliminate it.

The vaccine ensures that you do not become very ill when you become infected with the 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 it will start producing antibodies more quickly. In this way there is only a small chance that you will become very ill.

Coronavirus vaccines

One vaccine is used on Bonaire: Pfizer/BioNTech.

Testing of vaccines and safety

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.

Side effects

With most vaccines people may experience side effects after being inoculated. 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.

For answers to most frequently asked questions, you can also take a look at the vaccination-Q&A page.

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