Advice officials: conduct research into advantages and disadvantages obligation

Officials from three ministries (Finance, Economic Affairs and Climate and Social Affairs and Employment) are calling for an investigation into the advantages and disadvantages of a vaccination obligation. They do that in an advice to the cabinet. A vaccination obligation is politically sensitive.

The cabinet has yet to decide whether such an investigation will be there. ‘There is no vaccination obligation with us and there will not be ‘, said outgoing minister De Jonge of Health in the Nederlands Dagblad in November. Among other things, the cabinet was afraid that anti-vaxers would no longer be able to persuade a jab at all.

Later, De Jonge and Prime Minister Rutte no longer wanted to rule out a vaccination obligation. At the beginning of this month, there was no majority in the House of Representatives. A vaccination requirement will soon be introduced in Germany and Austria.

Way out of the crisis

Minister De Jonge reported the advice in a letter to the House of Representatives on Saturday. Raising immunity through vaccination including boosters remains the โ€œstructural way outโ€ from the crisis, according to the three ministries. This can prevent overloading of care and less restraining measures are needed. That is why the officials recommend that the advantages and disadvantages of a compulsory obligation be examined in the short term.

It is not yet known when the cabinet speaks out about the advice. It may be transferred to the new cabinet. It is also unclear how long such an investigation into the obligation to do so.


The three ministries – in the Hague jargon ‘the troika ‘– point out in the letter the major economic, social and social damage that the current corona measures entail.

Although the impact of corona is not too bad for the time being, there is significant damage under the radar, they warn. โ€œThe current dynamics of closures and support are untenable.โ€ Future generations will be running for the support measures that the government is now taking. In addition, the support packages keep non-productive companies alive, which ultimately is detrimental to the Dutch economy, the officials write.