The Netherlands will start vaccinating 30,000 emergency care workers as soon as imaginable, the health ministry said on Saturday, as the government comes under fire for lagging other European Union countries in launching immunisations.
The government had in the past said its national vaccination crusade would start on Jan. 8, the most recent date for any EU country.
The first doses were deliberate to go to healthcare personnel in homes for the elderly, home care nurses and people working in care homes for the disabled, quite than emergency care workers as polite.
Then again, it was once still unclear when these workers would get vaccinated. The ministry said it would give more details on Monday.
Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, unions and hospitals have been pushing for front-line carers to receive vaccinated impulsively.
“The concerning situation in pressing care is partly driven by coronavirus related sick leave by care workers,” the health ministry said in a observation.