GGDs Utrecht and Rotterdam will also start vaccinating on 8 January | NOW


The GGDs in Utrecht and Rotterdam will also start vaccinating against COVID-19 on Friday, January 8. Initially, only GGD Hart voor Brabant in Veghel would hand out the first injections on that day, while Rotterdam and Utrecht would start no later than 11 January.

The first vaccination will still be performed in Veghel, in a former distribution center of a supermarket. GGD Rotterdam vaccinates healthcare workers at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, while GGD Utrecht has taken place in the Expo Houten event complex.

Hospitals called on the cabinet on Wednesday to start the vaccination process on Monday. However, the Ministry of Health (VWS) states that too few vaccines have been supplied to start earlier. Minister Hugo de Jonge wants to look for a solution and may come up with an amended vaccination strategy on Monday. Insiders from The Hague say to several media that it is possible that some of the hospital staff will be vaccinated earlier.

A total of 25 vaccination sites are being set up, spread across the country. Each province has at least one injection site. The other 22 locations will start vaccinating healthcare workers on January 18.

Pharmaceuticals Pfizer and BioNTech are delivering sufficient doses of vaccine to inoculate 225,000 healthcare workers. According to the current strategy, healthcare personnel will be invited for a vaccination from Monday. GGDs would deploy 350 to 400 people to supervise the injection process.

“We have enough qualified staff to start the vaccination process,” said the umbrella GGD. Nonetheless, staff are still being recruited to keep the injection process running smoothly. “Training programs have been arranged for all new colleagues, while most colleagues are already experienced in giving injections,” said a spokesman.

All 25 locations where healthcare personnel can be vaccinated.


All 25 locations where healthcare personnel can be vaccinated.

All 25 locations where healthcare personnel can be vaccinated.

Photo: GGD GHOR

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