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Netherlands allows Pfizer after first dose of AstraZeneca

Christian Fernsby |
Minister Hugo de Jonge of Health, Welfare and Sport offers people the opportunity to get a vaccine BioNTech/Pfizer after a first time AstraZeneca.

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The Health Council of the Netherlands gave the green light at the end of the day yesterday to be able to combine these vaccines, the so-called heterologist vaccination. For the time being, these are people who previously received AstraZeneca and want a BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine as a second jab.

Recent British research on antibodies shows that the combination of a first vaccination with AstraZeneca and a second vaccination with BioNTech/Pfizer protects against serious disease as well as two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

For anyone aged 60 to 64 who already has a second AstraZeneca planned and still wants to change, you can do so by reporting to the GGD from Friday 16 July. More information will follow later.

For those who have planned a second jab of AstraZeneca in the coming days, the advice remains to take it because then you will be optimally protected the fastest.

In addition, based on the scientific British study, the Health Council concludes that the combination of AstraZeneca and BioNTech/Pfizer protects against serious disease as well as two vaccinations with AstraZeneca. But if you still want BioNTech/Pfizer as a second vaccine, you can. The request is to let the general practitioner know by e-mail (and therefore not by phone) that you are forgoing the second jab with AstraZeneca. The RIVM will work with the general practitioners to ensure that any surplus reaches general practitioners.

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