Vaccination programme

19 September 2022

All children in the Netherlands have the right to be vaccinated, also children who are not officially registered for whatever reason. An invitation for vaccination is not necessarily needed, however they are sent out by the Gemeentelijke Gezondheidsdienst – GGD (local health authority) according to the RIVM’s Rijksvaccinatieprogramma.

GGD Zuid-Limburg: “In the Netherlands, we think it is important that children get a healthy start in life. Vaccinations against contagious infectious diseases are part of this. By having your child vaccinated, you ensure protection against 12 serious infectious diseases such as whooping cough, tetanus or meningococcus. Vaccination is free and is carried out according to the RIVM’s Rijksvaccinatieprogramma.”

As soon as a child is born or has arrived in the Netherlands and registered with the municipality, RIVM automatically sends vaccination notices and vaccination cards to parents or carers at home. Parents or carers do not have to do anything for this themselves. Children under 4 years of age receive the vaccination at the GGD in their municipality. Older children and young people are usually vaccinated during the 6-monthly vaccination days which are held at venues such as hotels or large conference centres. For this, all children born in a given year are invited. As soon as it is known when the next vaccination round will take place, you will read about it on the GGD Zuid-Limburg website (in Dutch).

This year RIVM extended its HPV vaccination programme to include boys. Girls have been vaccinated against HPV in the Netherlands since 2010. In 2019 the Government of the Netherlands made the decision to extend its HPV vaccination programme to boys as well and lower the age to the year in which they turn 10. To read more about the extension of the HPV vaccination programme head to the website.

In November 2022, the Jeugdgezondheidszorg Zuid-Limburg (JGZ) will organise group vaccinations for children and young people in Zuid-Limburg. Children and young people who are called up for this will receive an invitation from the RIVM by post. The vaccinations are carried out according to the Rijksvaccinatieprogramma and are free of charge.

Who receives an invitation?

  • BMR/DTP vaccination
    Reminder for boys and girls, born in 2013, who failed the vaccination(s) earlier this year. 
  • MenACWY vaccination
    Reminder for boys and girls, born in 2008, who did not get the vaccination(s) earlier this year. 
  • HPV vaccination
    • Boys and girls who were invited this spring will receive the invitation for the last vaccination or a reminder if they did not get the HPV vaccination this spring.
    • Boys and girls who have not yet been vaccinated and were born in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

All children and young people will receive the invitation from RIVM. In the enclosed invitation letter, Jeugdgezondheidszorg Zuid-Limburg explains why this vaccination is so important and at what location and time the children and young people are expected.


The vaccinations will be given at 3 locations in Zuid-Limburg:

  • Region Westelijke Mijnstreek
    Steinerbos, Stadhouderslaan 220, 6171 KP Stein
    Vaccinations will be held here on 7 and 8 November 2022.
  • Region Parkstad
    Parkstad Limburg Stadion (Roda Stadion), Roda JC Ring 1, 6466 NH Kerkrade.
    Vaccinations will be held here on 15, 16 and 17 November 2022.
  • Maastricht-Heuvelland Region
    NOVUM Hospitality (Apple Park), Pierre de Coubertinweg 3, 6225 XT Maastricht.
    Vaccination will take place here on 22 and 23 November 2022.

Please note:

  • The Covid measures then in force will be taken into account at these locations.
  • The checking of identity documents and call letters can be done quickly if people keep the documents ready on entry.
  • Bring with you: 
    • the invitation letter with the completed gezondheidsverklaring (health declaration) and toestemming voor gegevensuitwisseling (consent for data exchange)
    • the oproepkaart (invitation)
    • your child’s vaccinatiebewijs (vaccination record)
    • valid proof of identification for your child
  • In and at the location, follow the instructions of the GGD staff.The appointment cannot take place if the child/young person and/or one of the family members suffers from a cold, cough and/or fever or has tested positive for Covid. In that case, you are asked to cancel by telephone. You will then immediately make a new appointment.


If you have any questions or wish to reschedule your appointment, please call +31 (0)88 880 50 31 or send an email