asked teenagers what questions they have about corona vaccines.

At the moment, this group only gets the shot from Pfizer.

Here are the answers to the most important questions about it.

The chance that teenagers will become seriously ill from the corona virus is small.

Then why are they being poked?

The Health Council has recommended that young people between the ages of 12 and 18 also be given a corona jab.

There are two main reasons for this:

  • Reason 1: teenagers sometimes become seriously ill from the coronavirus.

    The vaccine protects against that.

  • Reason 2: pricking teenagers can ensure that the virus is spread less quickly in the Netherlands.

    This is also nice for teenagers.

    Because the chance that schools and sports associations will have to close again is smaller.

Can you still infect others after a shot?

After two shots, the chance that you will get corona is much smaller.

But after your vaccination there is still a small chance that you will get a little sick.

And if you are sick, you can also infect others.

A girl tests herself for the coronavirus.

A girl tests herself for the coronavirus.

Photo: ANP

Why do you feel sick for a short time after the injection?

You may not feel so well after a corona shot.

You might even get a little raise.

Then you are not really sick.

Your body is then working hard to build up protection against corona.

You won't be bothered by this for very long.

Almost everyone feels completely fine a few days later.

Can you infect others too?

You cannot become contagious from the shot.

This is because the coronavirus is not in the vaccine.

The Pfizer shot only contains the prescription for a part of the virus.

The recipe ensures that your body will make this part itself.

You cannot get sick from this part.

So you can't infect others either.

A girl on Terschelling receives a corona jab.

A girl on Terschelling receives a corona jab.

Photo: ANP

The chance is small that you will still have complaints years later.

How did that happen?

The vaccine trains your body against the coronavirus.

Once your body has been trained, you no longer need the substance from the vaccine.

The substance is completely out of your body a few weeks after your last injection.

As a result, side effects (complaints) almost never occur long after the vaccination.

Furthermore, it has never happened with other vaccines that there were suddenly side effects after 10 years.

If many people have had the shot, rare side effects are also discovered within a few months.

What do we know about vaccinations and inflammation of the pericardium?

The Pfizer shot can very occasionally cause inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium.

This can also happen if you have the flu.

Or if you become infected with the coronavirus.

This is annoying, but it almost always goes away on its own.

If not, it is usually treatable.

This side effect is more common in boys than girls.

If 100,000 boys receive a corona jab, about 7 boys will get this side effect.

If 100,000 girls get a corona jab, 1 girl will get these complaints.

To give you an idea: with 100,000 people you can fill the Feyenoord stadium almost twice.

The following applies to both boys and girls: they are more likely to become seriously ill from the coronavirus than to get this side effect.

And that is especially true with adults.

You can read more about heart muscle inflammation and inflammation of the pericardium here.

Image of the heart.

Image of the heart.

Photo: Bart-Jan Dekker

Can you become infertile from the corona vaccine?


The corona vaccine does not make you infertile.

Women can still get pregnant after a vaccination.

For example, by March 2021, nearly 5,000 women in the US had become pregnant after their shot.

You can read here how this fake news was brought into the world.

See also: Simply explained: No, the corona vaccine does not make women infertile

Can the shot make your periods more intense?

We are not entirely sure whether the corona jab affects your period.

If so, it will be for a maximum of two months.

In any case, it can't hurt.

It also has no consequences for later.

If you recently had your first period, it is normal that your period will not be the same every month.

And if you have had more frequent periods, stress can affect your period, for example.

Vaccination center of the GGD.

Vaccination center of the GGD.

Photo: ANP

When is a vaccine developed?

There are vaccines that will protect you for the rest of your life.

But there are also shots that you have to get every year.

We don't yet know how that works with the corona jab.

This is because no one has had a corona vaccine very long ago.

So we don't know yet whether everyone will have to be pricked again in the future.

Maybe this isn't necessary at all.

Or are only old people being pricked again.

A nurse prepares a corona jab.

A nurse prepares a corona jab.

Photo: EPA

What if you have a fear of needles?

If you have a fear of needles, it's better to tell them when you get your vaccine.

For example, you can be pricked while lying down.

That way you may be less afraid of fainting.

You will find more tips against needlestick anxiety in this article.

It may also be reassuring that the needle is a lot thinner than the needle that is used for the injection against cervical cancer.

You therefore feel very little of it.

See also: Afraid of needles?

This is how you get your prick fear underneath

I want to be vaccinated, but my parents don't want that.

Can they determine that?

As a teenager, you decide for yourself whether you want to have a shot.

Of course your parents are allowed to give their opinion.

If you are 16 or 17, you can decide for yourself whether you get the shot.

If you are younger, you make the decision together with your parents.

If you don't agree with your parents, then your opinion matters.

So your parents cannot forbid you to take a corona jab.

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For your information: To answer these questions, we obtained information from conversations that had with experts. And from the vaccination course for teenagers that the Medicines Evaluation Board organized last week. It can be viewed here.