It goes fast: within two weeks also the 18-year-olds invited for a shot


Before June 26 at the latest, the last young adults – birth year 2003 – will be invited for a first injection.Statue Marcel van den Bergh

This means that every adult is invited for vaccination at least one week before 1 July. But that certainly does not mean that everyone has already had their first shot. The injection date can be up to three weeks after making the appointment. In recent months, Minister Hugo de Jonge promised that all adults who wanted it would have had their shot before 1 July. But this has become about two weeks later, partly due to problems with Janssen’s vaccine, which has since been knocked out of the vaccination strategy.

The 29-year-olds who turn 30 this year can now call. For a shot of the vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna, the two vaccines that are still being administered to the people of the construction years who are now being invited. Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) is expected to announce this Friday afternoon whether they can also opt for Janssen’s vaccine. Only one shot is needed.

‘It’s going fast, it’s a well-oiled machine. It is clear that the vaccination campaign is well underway’, say the spokespersons for the RIVM and the GGD umbrella organization GGD-GHOR, almost in unison. Two weeks ago, people from 1969 to 1978 were able to make an appointment. Last week, people from 1979 to 1984 were already invited. The people from 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 followed earlier this week. And so no later than June 26, the last year of construction, 2003, will be invited, the RIVM spokesperson expects.

The GGD has opened about 140 vaccination locations where people can go for a shot. ‘But the most important thing is that there are now enough vaccines. That is why we can quickly invite new groups every time,” emphasizes a GGD spokesperson. More than a million doses of vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna now arrive in the Netherlands every week.

High vaccination readiness

RIVM does not yet have figures on the turnout among people in their fifties and forties. ‘A lot of agreements are made. The willingness to vaccinate appears to be high, also among young people.’

Anyone who has already had corona can report this and then only have to undergo one vaccination shot. People can state this themselves, but whether it is true is not checked. It is therefore possible that people say that they have had corona when they have not, purely to be ‘ready’ with one jab: for example, to obtain the desired QR code sooner to be able to travel in Europe.

According to the RIVM, it is not possible to compare the systems: the positive tests in the test locations and the vaccination dates. “The positive tests in the ICT system are not linked to personal data, so it is technically not possible,” says a spokesperson. The GGD says it is based on people’s honesty. ‘Why would you lie about this? Then you will be less protected against corona later.’ And if young people may soon also be able to opt for the Janssen vaccine, which only requires one shot, those who quickly need that QR code will also be able to opt for that vaccine, according to the RIVM spokesperson.

The expectation is now that before mid-July every adult who wants to has had a first shot. More than 11 million first and second shots have been taken so far. At the end of June, the first vulnerable children aged 12 and older must be invited. The cabinet decided on Wednesday that they are also eligible for vaccination. Within a few weeks, the Health Council will decide whether all children from the age of 12 are eligible for a vaccination.

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