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2 June 2021

The newsletter on COVID-19-vaccination is an RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment publication with up-to-date information for professionals involved in COVID-19 vaccination.

Progress report on the COVID-19 vaccination campaign

As of 20 May 2021, people born in 1967 and 1968 can schedule an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination. They will be vaccinated by the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) with the Janssen vaccine (single dose). As of last week, people born in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975, and 1976 can make an appointment. As of this week, people born in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981 can also make an appointment. They will be vaccinated by the GGD with the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. By now, there are 136 GGD vaccination sites where people can go to get vaccinated.

Last week, the GGDs also started vaccinating homeless people, while the Ministry of Defence has started vaccinating military personnel between 18 and 60 years old. Both these groups will receive the Janssen vaccine. Finally, the GGD also started vaccinating all people aged 18 years and older living on the islands of Vlieland, Schiermonnikoog, Terschelling and Ameland. They will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

New survey results published by the RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Corona Behavioural Unit show high figures for vaccination willingness. 90% of all participants have already been vaccinated or are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccination, while 5% have not been vaccinated or are unwilling to be vaccinated, and 5% are still uncertain.

Adverse reactions

Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb has posted a new update about reports of possible adverse events following immunisation with COVID-19 vaccines which were reviewed by experts up to and including 24 May 2021.

Public communication

Two invitations?

People who have already been vaccinated are removed from the invitation lists wherever possible. This may take time if the vaccination data has not (yet) been received by RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment . As a result, people may receive more than one invitation. People who have already been vaccinated, for example care workers, can throw away the additional invitation.

Which age groups will be vaccinated and with which vaccine?

In a video posted on Twitter, Susan van den Hof, head of the RIVM Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, explains the factors involved in deciding which age group will receive which vaccine.

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Editors: Vaccination implementation, National Coordination Centre for Communicable Diseases Control (LCI).

For questions and/or comments about this newsletter, healthcare professionals can send a message to vaccin-covid@rivm.nl.

Private citizens can call the public information number 0800 - 1351 with their questions.