First or second coronavirus vaccination without appointment
As things stand, all adults and young people aged 12 to 17 who are resident in the Netherlands have been invited to make an appointment to receive a coronavirus vaccination. If you have not yet done so – perhaps because of travel during the summer holidays – it is now possible to visit the GGD’s vaccination sites in Amsterdam without an appointment and receive your first or second vaccine dose.
The main Amsterdam Area vaccination centres are:
- RAI Amsterdam – Zuid
- NDSM – Noord (closing on 26 August)
- AFAS Live – Zuidoost
- Amstelveen (closed on Sundays)
All vaccination sites in Amsterdam are open daily from 08:00-20:00. You can choose between the BioNTech/Pfizer or Janssen vaccines – the latter only requires one dose rather than two.
As of 16 August 2021, it is possible to visit all GGD vaccination sites in the Netherlands without an appointment. Outside of Amsterdam in general, when attending for your first vaccination, you will be asked to make an appointment for your second shot – although the policy may vary in different regions. View a map of all current vaccination sites (click each icon to see the address and opening hours).
- Vaccination without appointment is only intended for those people who have not yet made an appointment. If you already have an appointment, we kindly request that you continue to attend at that time.
- You must wear a face mask inside the vaccination centre.
- Take a valid form of identification, such as a passport or driving licence. And if you are using an international ID, we recommend you also take your health insurance card or another document that shows your citizen service number (BSN) – this is simply to help staff members find your information more easily.
- In Amsterdam, it is also possible to receive your second vaccine dose without an appointment. However, this must be at least 28 days after your first dose. This will be checked by staff members.
Alternatively: book a vaccination appointment
If you would prefer certainty before you set off, it is still possible to book first and second vaccination appointments at centres all over the Netherlands. If you have a DigiD you can make an appointment online. Or call the national appointment helpline on 0800 7070 (no DigiD is required but do first take a note of your citizen service number).
Dutch coronavirus strategy
Vaccination is a key part of the Netherlands’ efforts to tackle the coronavirus. As well as protecting yourself, vaccination is a means to protect your family, friends and the fellow citizens around you. Of course, it is just one part of the national strategy. It is still important to take a coronavirus test when you experience possible symptoms, and to pay close attention to the advice for self-quarantine if you are in close contact with someone who tests positive, or if you are travelling from a high-risk area.
The Dutch government has also announced that between 10 August and 1 September, you can order two free COVID-19 self-tests, which you can use before going back to work or school after the summer break.
Learn more about the latest rules and guidance from the Dutch government.
(This article was edited on 17 August 2021)