The Netherlands has experienced a rapid progress with the vaccination program and it also had an impact to increase the country’s vaccination rate by being the ninth-highest vaccination rate in EU, according to the data that was conducted by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
During the previous week, the Netherlands set a vaccination record, with around 1.67 million vaccines being administered since last week. Currently, after a slow start from the beginning of the year, the Netherlands’ government sends out more than 200,000 vaccinations invitations daily.
Altogether, these figures have had an immense impact on the vaccination campaign and on the rate of national vaccination. The data from ECDC says that 55.1% of the adult population has gotten at least one dose of vaccine, by putting the Netherlands in the top 10 list of vaccination rates in EU.
Since Monday, nearly 12.5 million vaccines have taken place in the Netherlands. As the data from the ECDC stated, 28.7% of the adult population has taken all the doses of vaccines, being fully vaccinated. In EU, the countries who have the lowest vaccination rate are Bulgaria with 15.2%, and Romania with 28.3%.
As for the upcoming plans, the Dutch government and GGD are expecting to continue to carry out more vaccines and at the same time, increase the vaccination rate by 85%. According to GGD, their vaccine busses have been launched now, and they will go across the Netherlands, in rural neighborhood and residential areas in Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Rotterdam.
The busses’ goal is to educate the population about the importance of vaccines and their safety, by giving a dose of vaccination to anyone who is willing to have one on the spot. A national vaccination day is estimated to happen by the summer by the GGD, which they hope it will result in more vaccinations.
Additionally, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) is further looking for more options to vaccinate children of ages between 12 and 18.