Janssen vaccine available from Wednesday, but supplies are limited

The Janssen headquarters in Leiden. Photo: Bic via Wikimedia Commons
The Janssen headquarters in Leiden. Photo: Bic via Wikimedia Commons

From Wednesday, people in the Netherlands who have not yet been vaccinated can make an appointment to have a single-dose Janssen shot before supplies run out.

The Leiden-developed vaccine was removed from the Dutch vaccination programme because of very rare side effects, but health minister Hugo de Jonge has cleared its use by people who are aware of the possible risks.

It is the first time that people in the Netherlands can chose which vaccine to have and each of the 25 health board regions will have at least one location where the Janssen vaccine is on offer.

Supplies are currently limited – there are some 200,000 doses in stock – but more have been ordered.

Officials say demand is likely to be high particularly among people planning a summer holiday abroad – the EU coronavirus passport will only give clearance to people who are fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to travel.

Indeed, the phone line was out of action for a time on Wednesday morning because so many people were trying to make an appointment.

From Thursday morning, everyone in the Netherlands will be able to use the CoronaCheck app to show they have been vaccinated, to gain access to big events, and from July 1, the system will also be cleared for European travel.

Until now, the app has been restricted to showing a QR code proving the holder has had a negative coronavirus test – necessary to access a ‘test for entry’ event.

But from next week it can also be used to register whether the user has recently recovered from coronavirus or has been vaccinated. The person making the check will not be able to see which of the three options applies to the holder.

People without a smart phone can make a pdf via the coronacheck website. The app is available in Dutch and English.

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