The principle that a second is automatically in stock for each first prick has been released. The Ministry of Health has decided to deploy all available Moderna vaccines directly. In addition, the risk is taken that the second dose is not available in time.
With the Moderna vaccine, two doses should be administered at intervals of four to five weeks. Only after the second doses the vaccine best protects against the coronavirus.
The decision made it possible to give 15,000 general practitioners and emergency care workers a first shot. At the same time, general practitioners can start pricking residents of small-scale nursing homes and institutions for people with disabilities from Monday.
“ We do this because we trust Moderna to come up with additional deliveries. It is also about small numbers, so if a delivery does not come, we only have to reschedule a few appointments”, says a spokesman for the Ministry.
Until now, the starting point of the Ministry and the RIVM was that a second dose is already in stock when the first shot is put. It means that there are currently hundreds of thousands of doses in stock which will only be used later to serve as second doses.
This is currently the vaccination strategy of the Cabinet:
After this week, 32,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been delivered. In addition to the general practitioners, 17,000 vulnerable people get a first shot. If the stock had been kept to serve as a second prick, 15,000 elderly people would have had to give way to the general practitioners.
Whether the use of the stock can also be done with a large amount of Pfizer vaccines, the Ministry cannot yet say. Nor does the RIVM want to anticipate this. Yesterday, the demissionary minister De Jonge said in EenVandaag that he is looking again at stock management. “Can we take a little more risks there so we can start vaccinating faster?” , he said.
“Dont take gamble.”
The principle of keeping second pricks in stock may be further unleashed if the Health Council and the OMT publish their advice on the postponement of the second prick. This is already being done in the UK, so that more people are protected with a first dose.
Anke Huckriede, professor of vaccinology in Groningen, told DeccEit earlier today that postponing the second dose is a gamble that you should not take now. “We still know too little about the protection that only gives the first dose. If you prefer to wait six weeks to see if the pharmaceuticals actually have their deliveries in order, then you can decide.”