The call from hospitals to vaccinate all staff against COVID-19 from Monday is not granted. There are currently too few vaccines for this, says a spokesman for the Ministry of Health (VWS) in conversation with NU.nl on Thursday.
Diederik Gommers, chairman of the Dutch Association for Intensive Care (NVIC) and Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ) made the appeal on Wednesday News hour because they are seeing a rapid increase in absenteeism. Urgent care is already being scaled down in several hospitals to meet the crowds.
Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) does not reject the request, but said on Wednesday evening that not everyone fits in the first groups that receive vaccinations. In the Netherlands, care workers from nursing homes, in the care of the disabled, community nursing and Wmo support are first in line.
“But I have heard well what the care of hospitals is and I understand it. I would like to see how we can come up with a solution for that. But it also applies: that really takes some puzzling. And I will come to that at the beginning of next week. back, “said De Jonge.
The minister may come up with an amended vaccination strategy on Monday, it is expected. Insiders from The Hague say to several media that it is possible that some of the hospital staff will be vaccinated earlier.