From Monday it is possible to get an injection with the Novavax vaccine at the GGD. It is a protein vaccine and therefore an alternative for people who do not want an mRNA vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna) or vector vaccine (Janssen).
Novavax offers 60 to 90 percent protection against disease after two injections, reports the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). But precise data is not yet known about protection against the delta and omikron variant of the coronavirus. Novavax is not used as a booster.
The public health minister De Jonge announced in December that the vaccine would become available to a limited group.
‘Preferably another vaccine’
The Health Council approved the vaccine, but added that people should preferably receive vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, because more research has been done with those vaccines into side effects and the efficacy against new virus variants.
But some people don’t like the idea of getting a vaccine that injects genetic material. Novavax is an alternative for that group.
Anyone who wants a shot with Novavax can make an appointment with the GGD from today. The government has purchased a total of 840,000 doses. The vaccine is available in a limited number of locations.
Reported by NOS