VVD party chairman Klaas Dijkhoff finds the discussion about whether or not to vaccinate against the coronavirus “bizarre”. He is not in favor of a commitment, but does believe that everyone should have the injection when it is available. “Choose yourself, but choose,” he says during an online VVD event from Ede.
“We should thank science and get in line for it,” he says of the promising vaccines that several companies are still working hard on. “Be glad that this protection is there and protect each other too.”
Dijkhoff says he understands that people want to know how it is possible that the pharmaceutical industry with a vaccine is already so advanced where it usually takes years. However, he points out that an unusually large amount of work has been put into this matter in recent months
“The whole world is a potential victim, the virus is spreading like crazy, the economic damage to society is enormous,” says Dijkhoff. “I don’t think there was so much pressure, so many resources, and so much will to come up with a vaccine beforehand.”
Party colleague Hayke Veldman said during a corona debate in the House of Commons last week that he can imagine that there will be consequences if people are not vaccinated. However, such an “indirect duty” met with great opposition from other parties.