Room berates slow approach booster campaign De Jonge

The House of Representatives cannot speak about the approach to the booster campaign. It is going far too slow and now really needs to be accelerated, various parties think. Demissionary Minister De Jonge must accept all the help he can get in putting pricks.

De Jonge claimed in the Upper House this afternoon that the campaign is going to steam. He expects that at the end of this week, 700,000 injections could be made. By the way, these are not just booster injections, but also third pricks for people with a weak immune system. The plan is to have given a booster shot by the end of the year all over 60 s who want to do so.

Nevertheless, the RIVM reported today that no more than 82,000 boosters have actually been given so far. The Netherlands is dangling at the bottom of the list, compared to other European countries.

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the meantime, the GGDs are still thinking about how the administration of the pepper shot can be accelerated. It is thought to deploy students and 750 military personnel. But a concrete plan is not yet there, much to the frustration of the MPs.

โ€œThe prick is starting far too slow again,โ€ says Attje Kuiken of the PvdA. Also last year, the Netherlands was lagging behind in setting up the vaccination operation. If necessary, she wants to help the municipalities speed up the campaign.

โ€œIts a kind of Groundhog Day,โ€ says D66er Jan Paternotte, referring to the film in which history repeats itself. According to him, we are now in โ€œa catch up race, which we have to take full forceโ€.

The Young embarrasses the Netherlands

PVV leader Geert Wilders believes that outgoing minister De Jonge is not suitable for his position. โ€œEvery time he embarrasses the Netherlands. He wont act until everyone insists on it. The elderly are jumping for that jab, but they dont get it.โ€

Maarten Hijink from the SP also calls it scandalous that there are only so few booster pricks left. According to him, it leads to unnecessary illnesses and deaths. Hijink also believes that De Jonge should accept every help he can get. โ€œThere is plenty of offer. The hospitals, the district nursing, everyone wants to help. Hugo de Jonge just has to make sure that anyone who can put a shot is going to put a shot.โ€

Tomorrows debate

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is debating the developments around the coronavirus again. Since last Friday, the measures have been tightened again. For example, the hospitality industry, non-essential shops, theaters, cinemas and sports venues are closed after 5 pm.

The RIVM saw a slight stabilization in the infection rates for the first time today. A bright spot, according to the experts, although it is not yet clear what consequences the new omikron variant will have.