January 18, 2021

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First vaccination on January 8th, 2021 in the Netherlands

First vaccination on January 8th, 2021 in the Netherlands

The first invitations will be sent out on Monday 4th January. This can be read on the Ministry of Health website.

Nursing Home, Disabled Care, Community Care, and Social Welfare Act workers are the first to act. The GGD will vaccinate at three locations in the country no later than Monday 11 January. The vaccinations will take place from Monday, January 18, at 25 central locations. Vaccination with the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine consists of two injections. There are three weeks between these two vaccinations. The vaccinations are carried out 7 days a week with extended opening hours.

Minister Hugo de Jonge: “In consultation with GGD and RIVM, a plan was chosen that is careful, safe and responsible. Ultimately, the highest possible vaccination rate is our goal. We will only achieve this if people have confidence in the vaccine and in the vaccination process.

According to the ministry, this is the fastest plan that can be implemented with due observance of all due diligence and steps that can only be carried out after approval by the EMA. For example, the Health Council will provide urgent advice on the suitability of the vaccine for specific target groups.

The first 500,000 doses of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine are expected to be dispensed this year. Delivery is expected shortly after the European Commission has decided on marketing authorization. At this point the final delivery schedule will be established with the supplier.