Groups of vulnerable people are given priority when vaccination with AstraZeneca

People with overweight, Downs syndrome or a neurological disorder that complicates breathing, are given priority to the coronavaccin AstraZeneca, the Ministry of VWS decided.

General practitioners will soon be able to start ordering the vaccines by region. A spokesman for VWS will start in the region Zeeland.

The Health Council had already advised that people with one of these conditions should be given priority.

Morbid obesity

The people who are overweight and those with Down syndrome will be vaccinated by the general practitioners at the same time as the 63- and 64 year olds. These include people with morbid obesity between 18 and 64 years of age with BMI over 40 and patients living at home with Down syndrome 19 and older. It is estimated that there are about 100,000 people who are overweight.

According to a spokesman for the Dutch General Practitioners Association, people from the third group, who have neurological disorders, cannot yet be vaccinated. They will be vaccinated later by their medical specialist.

People with other serious illnesses, including severe renal failure or congenital malformations of the immune system, should also be more active in the Health Council, as well as patients who have undergone organ or bone marrow transplantation.

The threshold of spring

As far as the Health Council is concerned, these groups should be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine at the same time as 70-year-olds, as this works better in these specific conditions. In a letter to the House of Representatives, Minister De Jonge writes that he will return to this opinion as soon as possible, because all available vaccines from Moderna and Biontech/PFIZER have been allocated for the coming period.

From 65 years old, everyone gets Pfizer or Moderna, under 18 years of age is not vaccinated.

On assigning vaccines to groups De Jonge has said several times that it is a โ€œvery complicatedโ€ puzzle. He said earlier to think that the most vulnerable people were vaccinated โ€œon the threshold of springโ€. According to him, โ€œon the threshold of summerโ€ should have made a good start with healthy people aged between 18 and 60.