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.

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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

Registration is now open to anyone aged 18 and over. You can register online: https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/register or via 0800 0900.

Health check

Take a completed health check with you to your appointment. You will receive this document after online registration. You can also download the form here.

Vaccination location

The Jorge Nicolaas sports complex on Kaya Amsterdam is the vaccination location. Vaccination is done from Monday to Saturday.

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.

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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