Almost half of the first load of Janssen vaccines goes to hospital personnel who are in direct contact with patients. That‘s what the demissionary cabinet has announced. Until now, only hospital workers who work with coronapatics have been vaccinated, such as in the IC or in special covid departments.
On Monday, about 80,000 doses of the Janssen vaccine are delivered, of which 35,000 are sent to the hospitals. In the coming weeks, all hospital workers will be vaccinated with direct patient contact. Janssen’s 35,000 vaccines are the first step to this end. With that vaccine, people only need to be pricked once.
Earlier this year, about 40,000 doctors and nurses in corona departments have already been vaccinated. Two weeks ago, another 40,000 Astrazeneca vaccines were delivered to acute care personnel, but shortly thereafter the vaccination of people under 60 with this vaccine was stopped. With the 35,000 Janssen vaccines, hospitals can fill the gap that has arisen, among other things.
“ Given the great crowds in hospitals with covid patients in this third wave and the need to maintain regular care as much as possible, the cabinet wants to do everything to keep the people in hospitals on their feet”, write the Ministers De Jonge (Health) and Van Ark ( Medical Care) in a joint statement.
The vast majority of hospital staff have not yet received vaccination. This week several industry organisations asked attention to this. Among other things, the Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ) and the professional association for nurses (V&VN) called on the cabinet to vaccinate hospital staff faster.
“ We really understand the call for relaxation. But if we want to keep this up, then vaccinating our employees is really the number one priority,” said NVZ driver John Taks then. He was, according to his own words, astonished that the demissionary cabinet is considering simplifications.
The Cabinet decided on Thursday that people under 60 years of age will no longer be vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine. Reports of a rare combination of thrombosis and decreased platelets following Astrazeneca vaccination were triggered. In the Netherlands, eight women under the age of 60 are known to have this occurred. One of them died.
Following research, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) considered that the blood clotting problems are a very rare side effect that is likely to be less than 1 in 100,000. According to the EEA, the benefits of the Astrazeneca vaccine outweigh the risks. However, the Health Council in the Netherlands recommended that people under the age of 60 should not be vaccinated with AstraZeneca anymore. Minister De Jonge took that advice.
The EMA is also investigating the combination of thrombosis and reduced platelet counts following a Janssen vaccination. Of these, four reports are known worldwide, at 4.5 million pricks. The Netherlands has ordered more than 11 million doses of Janssen. So 80,000 will arrive on Monday, and at the end of this month a second delivery with about 90,000 doses will follow. A total of 3 million Janssen vaccines are expected in the second quarter.