Minister De Jonge: next week 15.000 vulnerable vaccinated

Minister De Jonge (Public Health) expects about 15,000 vulnerable people to be vaccinated with the Biontech/PFIZER vaccine next week. He writes that in a Chamber Letter.

Monday is started to vaccinate residents of nursing homes and institutions for people with mental disabilities.

In the six weeks thereafter, some 140,000 residents of nursing homes and institutions have to be vaccinated. In this way, De Jonge responds to the commitment to make the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine available to residents of nursing homes as soon as possible. For the time being, only caregivers have been vaccinated with the vaccine.

General practitioners not happy

In addition, from 25 January, the Minister wants to vaccinate residents of smaller nursing homes and institutions for people with disabilities using Modernas vaccine. General practitioners can put these pricks and can immediately inoculate themselves, writes De Jonge.

But that is later than the general practitioners had counted, writes the Dutch General Practitioners Association (LHV) in a press release. โ€œThe minister leaves the general practitioners and their patients in the cold,โ€ says LHV chairman Ella Kalsbeek, who believes that De Jonge is not fulfilling his appointments.

According to the Ministers vaccination plan, all nursing home residents must be vaccinated at the beginning of March. In mid-February, it will be the turn of 60 people over and over. They receive the Pfizer vaccine or the then possibly approved vaccine from AstraZeneca.

Health Council Advice

Previously, the Health Council had already stressed several times in opinions that the vaccines of Pfizer and Moderna should be used mainly for the elderly. โ€œPeople aged 60 years and over are at greatest risk for serious illness and mortality from covid-19. Modernas vaccine shows very high efficacy in this group,โ€ says in the latest opinion.

The Health Council called it โ€œan undesirable situationโ€ that only caregivers have been vaccinated for the time being. It means that there are fewer vaccines available for the elderly.

Yesterday, at the press conference on the coronacrisis, De Jonge said that the aim is for all vulnerable to be vaccinated before the beginning of spring.

In autumn, the whole country must then be protected from the virus:

In his letter to the Chamber De Jonge further writes that 58.602 corona-virus tests were taken last week, adding that the capacity is only used for half. โ€œThats why the Cabinet keeps calling on everyone to get tested quickly.โ€

The reproduction number, or r-number, indicating the speed of distribution, was, according to estimates, 0.95 on December 25. Thats about the same value as a week earlier. โ€œThat does not indicate a serious decrease in the virus spread,โ€ says De Jonge.

It is

estimated that more than one hundred thousand people are contagious in the Netherlands, or 1 in 124 people.

We may soon also see more medical mouthcaps in the streets, as is already the case in some parts of Germany. The National Consortium Tools (LCH) now has more than enough stock of personal protective equipment. Therefore, 2 million medical mouth masks have recently been donated to the food banks. The Poverty Fund and the Foundation for Citizeninitiative Woudenberg will also receive 5 million, says in the letter.