COVID-19 vaccine related FAQs

We understand that you want to know more about the COVID-19 vaccins. This FAQ offers the answers (as far as possible) to the most frequently asked questions. The list will be updated continuously.

I am a foreign student or employee and I will be studying or working at UM. Can I get vaccinated in the Netherlands
To receive an invitation to get vaccinated in the Netherlands, it is important that you are registered as a resident of a municipality. You do not need to have (Dutch) health insurance for this.

  • If you live in the Netherlands long-term (longer than 4 months), you need to be registered in Personal Records Database (BRP)* of a Dutch municipality.
  • If you are staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months, you need to be registered in the Non-Residents Records Database (RNI) in order to be vaccinated in the Netherlands.
  • If you are not yet registered in the BRP or the RNI of your municipality, do so quickly so that you are still in time to receive an invitation to get vaccinated. To do this, go to the city hall (gemeentehuis) of your place of residence (for BRP registration) or to a city hall with an RNI registration desk (for RNI registration).

  For students: Click here for more information about registering in the BRP or RNI.

What if I received the first dose of a vaccine in my home country and need to receive the second dose after I come to the Netherlands?
Only a number of vaccines are allowed in the Netherlands (Moderna, BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen). If you receive only one dose of a vaccine in your home country and this vaccine is not one of those permitted in the Netherlands, you cannot become fully vaccinated and will only remain partially vaccinated. If the first dose of vaccine belonged to one of the before mentioned vaccines you can get your second vaccine in the Netherlands after you are registered as a resident of a municipality. For more information about this, please contact info[at]rivm[dot]nl.

A vaccine that is not approved by the EMA, and that is not on the WHO list, is not equivalent to COVID-19 vaccines used in the Netherlands. In this case, you should receive a full series in the Netherlands when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.

I don't want to get vaccinated or I haven't had the opportunity yet to get vaccinated; can I still come to UM to participate in my classes and other educational activities on campus?
To participate in your classes and other educational activities, you will not be required to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result. If you have not yet been vaccinated or have not recently (in the past six months) tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered from it, we recommend that you take a self-test before coming to UM. You can order self-tests via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. If you test positive, you will not be allowed to come to UM and you will have to undergo testing at the municipal health service (GGD) and go into quarantine.

I would like to participate in the introduction meeting of my faculty, but I have not been vaccinated (yet). What do I need to do to be able to participate?
Faculty introductions are considered educational activities. Therefore, you will not be required to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result. If you have not yet been vaccinated or have not recently (in the past six months) tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered from it, we recommend that you take a self-test before coming to UM. You can order self-tests via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. If you test positive, you will not be allowed to come to UM and you will have to undergo testing at the municipal health service (GGD) and go into quarantine.

I would like to participate in the INKOM in August, but I have not been vaccinated (yet). What do I need to do to be able to participate?
The INKOM is considered an ‘event’ and therefore does not fall under the same conditions as those set for ‘educational activities’. This means that you need to present proof of vaccination, recovery or a recent negative test result in order to participate in the INKOM. Those who cannot submit proof of vaccination or recovery will be able to undergo a (free) rapid test in order to participate. More information on the exact testing location in Maastricht will be made available on the website as soon as possible.

Can foreign UM students and employees be given priority for vaccination in the Netherlands?
No, no one can be given priority. Everyone must follow the same procedure. 
 

Studying at UM during the corona crisis
On this page you will find an overview of all corona related information for students.

Working at UM or doing research at UM during the corona crisis
On this page you will find an overview of all corona related information for UM employes. 

More questions?

If you have specific questions about vaccinations that you cannot find the answers to on our website, please contact the municipal health service (GGD) at (+31) 88 880 50 00 or the RIVM at info[at]rivm[dot]nl

If you have any other COVID 19-related questions, please send an email to corona[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl