New groups turn for booster prick, neighbouring countries are further

After the over 80s, the Netherlands will start boosting over 18s living in healthcare facilities and healthcare employees who have direct contact with patients. The extra corona pack is intended to boost people who have accumulated sufficient protection due to previous vaccinations, but whose immunity has decreased over time (read more about the usefulness of the booster pricks here).

More and more countries have started giving that booster shot. Israel is at the forefront; most of the adult population has been vaccinated three times there. The countries around us also started earlier. Our correspondents have the overview:

Great Britain: 15 million boosters set

In the United Kingdom, the vaccination campaign started earlier than in the EU. As a result, the booster shot was rolled out earlier, says correspondent Fleur Launspach. By now, more than 15 million Britons have received a booster. Since last week, the over 40s have also been called on to get a third jab.

According to Launspach, of course, Europe is being looked at in the UK, where infection numbers are rising rapidly. There is no sign of an infection wave in their own country. The infection rates are not low, but rather constant and the government finds the number of hospitalizations still manageable. According to scientists, this is due to the booster and because now more than 90 percent of the English have antibodies.

So there are virtually no restrictions in England, no mandatory face masks, no QR codes and everything remains open for the time being. The British government says they see no reason to introduce new measures in the current corona figures.

Germany: three out of four pricks is a booster

Overall, in the last few weeks, the number of people who have been vaccinated in Germany remains a little bit stuck in the last few weeks, on just over two-thirds of the population. Therefore, the German government and health organizations prefer to see that the rest quickly gets a first or second shot. But: three out of four vaccinations is currently a refresher. So there is more momentum in that, says correspondent Charlotte Waaijers.

More than 6 million people have now received a refresher in Germany. In the meantime, the committee recommends refresher pricks for everyone over 18, as soon as their last shot is long enough ago. But thats not to say that everyone can get an appointment quickly. After the large-scale prick campaign, large vaccination centers were phased out in the summer. Scaling up again now is slow.

This week, hassle has also arisen about a comment by Minister Spahn of Health. He said the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine will be rationed, because the government must first get rid of Moderna stock. It spoils otherwise in February. This caused fear of scarcity if not all available BioNTech/Pfizer doses were delivered. General practitioners are concerned about the extra work that switching to another vaccine entails, just now that it is already so busy. And the plan raised the question whether people who have previously been pricked with BioNTech/Pfizer can get a refresher from Moderna at all.

Spahn has already expressed regret for his remark. All available stocks, including those of BioNTech/Pfizer, are extradited, he assures. And where the rationing leads to doubts about the quality of Moderna, he tries to eliminate it. BioNTech/Pfizer is the Mercedes among the vaccines, according to the minister, and Moderna de Rolls-Royce.

Belgium: started in September, first effect visible

In Belgium, it was already decided at the end of September to give health care staff, over 65 s and people with the Janssen vaccine a booster shot. The government wants to have given these people an extra vaccination before the end of December. At the moment, about half of the Belgian people over 65 years of age has already succeeded; of the over 85s, the majority of those who have already been vaccinated extra.

According to correspondent Aรฏda Brands, a lot of people still need to be pricked to achieve the goal. Especially with the care staff is a huge need for the booster shot now that more and more doctors and nurses have corona. Some have criticized that it is now all going much slower than the first vaccination campaign. However, Belgium is ahead of a number of other neighbouring countries.

The booster shot seems to have a cautious effect. The latest hospital figures show that the number of people over 65 who are admitted is falling again. You can also see a slight decline among the over 45 s.

Remarkably, in recent weeks, there are also more and more Belgians who get vaccinated for the first time. The fourth wave and the corona pass seem to have changed their minds and more people who did not want to vaccinate first.

France: no valid corona pass without boosterfor the elderly

In France, since September, it has been possible for people over 65 to get a booster. About 30 percent of them have received that extra shot by now. For them, there is not just a health interest: without a third jab, their corona pass will no longer be valid. This pass is obliged to enter restaurants and museums, among other things.


sick and caregivers are also allowed to have a booster. People between the ages of 50-64 years will come its turn from December 1. Those who have been fully vaccinated can register six months after the last shot. Whether this age group will soon also need that new shot for a valid corona pass is still unclear. Further expansion of the booster is coming, says correspondent Frank Renout.

Most specialists call for a nationwide third jab (or second, after Jansen) for all adult French people. According to Renout, many doctors also emphasize that just a booster will not be enough to get through the winter unscathed. A scientific advisory council advocates, among other things, extending a mask obligation and more working from home. It is therefore expected that the government will also decide on other tightening up tomorrow, in addition to the expansion of the booster.

There is also international criticism of the booster shot. For example, the World Health Organization says that in many poor countries, people have not even had a first shot and that the rich countries are allowed to show more solidarity.