Not packing a punch: empty appointment slots slow down vaccination rates in the Netherlands

Final week, the Dutch authorities had hoped to see 416,000 coronavirus vaccinations given. In actuality, solely 280,570 got out. Whereas there are sufficient vaccines to go round, folks didn’t declare an appointment slot. 

Jaap van Delden, a vaccine coordinator on the RIVM, defined to journalists that “we had sufficient vaccines to inject shortly, however the appointment slots simply didn’t refill quick sufficient,”  the NOS reviews.

The precise purpose for that is unknown, nonetheless, Van Delden suspects that folks could also be selecting to delay receiving their vaccine dose.

Mistrust in AstraZeneca vaccine

Van Delden additionally suspects that those that are being referred to as for appointments could not need to obtain the AstraZeneca vaccine. Final week, there have been 100,000 time slots accessible for folks to obtain a shot of the vaccine. Of those, solely 36,000 slots have been truly booked.

AstraZeneca performed a big function in Dutch information this previous month. The rollout of the vaccine was briefly halted within the Netherlands resulting from issues over blood clots. Nonetheless, after two weeks the vaccine was cleared and resumed.

Outgoing Minister for Well being, Hugo De Jonge, is unsure of what induced this lack of appointments.

Lengthy ready instances

One other potential trigger for the dearth of appointments could be the ready instances skilled by these calling to e-book an appointment.

Name centres should go away many on maintain and Van Delden believes folks could also be hanging up earlier than they will e-book their time slot. “We, subsequently, advise folks to make an appointment on-line the place doable for his or her vaccination,” he says.

The underside of the fridge in sight

De Jonge stays hopeful that the Netherlands’ vaccine price will proceed to rise. He hopes to see between 400,000 and 500,000 vaccines given within the coming week. In doing this, the Netherlands will as soon as once more have “the underside of the fridge in sight,” he says.

Van Delden is in settlement, saying that despite the delays, it’s doable to vaccinate such a quantity within the subsequent week.

Three million by April not doable

Nonetheless, whereas the Netherlands could possibly choose up the tempo within the coming weeks, Van Delden doesn’t consider it’s doable to vaccinate three million folks by April 1.

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