Health authorities in the Netherlands have announced that all adults in the country will be able to make an appointment for a booster vaccine against COVID-19 before January 7.
“We must end this reinforcement offensive in the second half of January. By then, everyone will have had the opportunity to receive a reinforcement “, highlighted in a press conference the Minister of Health, Hugo de Jonge.
At first, the authorities will seek to administer this new dose to the population over 60 years of age before the end of 2021, while the population under this age will begin to be cited from the beginning of next week, collects the Dutch newspaper ‘NL Times’.
The Minister of Health has I urge the public to schedule their appointment because they consider that receiving an extra dose is the only way to achieve complete protection against the new omicron variant.
Likewise, he has asked that those who have not yet been vaccinated also request their appointment as soon as possible on the website of the Department of Public Health (GGD).
De Jonge added that in case this website is crashed or there are no schedules available, citizens should try again “one day later.”
In addition, it has pointed out that, in the event that time slots are released for vaccination appointments, the population over 60 years old that is summoned for January 2021 will receive a text message from the body advancing their appointment.
Finally, De Jonge has asked for patience: “Be a bit understanding with each other. Not everything will be fine in the next few weeks. This is impossible during the huge operation that the GGDs are carrying out ”.
FOUR WEEK CONFINEMENT
This Saturday the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, announced the imposition of four weeks of strict confinement from 5 a.m. this Sunday until at least January 14.
“The Netherlands enters confinement again (…). It is inevitable because the fifth wave comes with the omicron variant “Rutte affirmed at a press conference, thus adopting the recommendation of the Outbreak Management Team, which seeks to avoid a rebound in infections due to the omicron variant.
The closure affects all sectors, except essential businesses – such as supermarkets and pharmacies– Therefore, hotel establishments, museums, amusement parks, cinemas, theaters, gyms and all activities that involve close contact that are not sanitary must respect the measure.
The institutes and academic institutions also close and thus join the schools and care centers during non-school hours, which already suspended their activity this Friday.
In addition, the number of people from different households participating in meetings outside the home is limited to two. In homes there can only be visits of up to two people with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas, when four visitors will be allowed, while at the end of the year there will be no exceptions.
A study by Hart van Nederland has found that just 35 percent of the Dutch population supports lockdown, although this figure represents an increase of four points with respect to the support that this measure had before Rutte’s press conference.
The Dutch health authorities have reported 13,337 new infections this Sunday, bringing the average of the last seven days to the lowest since November 15.
The Netherlands has accumulated more than 2.9 million infections since the beginning of the pandemic and more than 20,400 deaths due to the disease.
(with EP information)
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