Teenagers can make an appointment for a vaccination with Biontech/Pfizer starting Friday. Minister De Jonge took over the advice of yesterday‘s Health Council.
On Friday, the youngsters from 2004 can make an appointment with the GGD first. The following days, 16- and 15-year-olds can record a puncture date by phone or via the internet, with their DigiD. And so on.
The government wants all young people aged 12 to 17 years old to have the opportunity to get vaccinated. They can decide if they want to. For 12 to 16 year olds, they should do so in consultation with their parents. “But young people always have the last word themselves,” Minister De Jonge emphasises in an explanatory statement. If their parents don’t want it and they do, they can make an appointment with the GGD themselves.
On the reasons for getting young people vaccinated, De Jonge says first of all that they generally suffer less from corona. “However, the virus can cause serious complications and hospitalization to them.” He points out that there are also young people who suffer from long lasting consequences, the so-called lung covid.
With the vaccinations, he also wants to prevent the need to close schools again in the fall, which means that young people will have to take classes at home at the computer again.
In addition, the Minister believes that if 65 to 85 percent of young people want to get vaccinated, the so-called R number goes down by 20 to 35 percent. That means fewer adults get sick and end up in hospital or ICU.
De Jonge agrees that there is a very low chance of young people suffering from a side effect of Biontech/Pfizer, namely heart muscle inflammation. “The group that gets corona in a serious way is small, but still much bigger than the group that suffers from that possible side effect.”
Previously, it was decided to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17 years who are at medical risk. Now the conclusion is that the ingrafting of all 12 to 17 year olds is meaningful and responsible. Biontech/Pfizer has been chosen because it is the only one approved for children aged 12 and over.