Some people in the province have trouble getting to one of the vaccine centres available
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The health board the GGD Fryslân wants to use a ‘vaccine bus’ to come and visit people that cannot reach an inoculation centre, reports the Omrop Fryslân. The organisation says that in places further away from the vaccine centres (which are mainly located in towns and cities), uptake of the vaccine has been lower.
The bus would be used for people over the age of 65 (who would be invited for a shot), and will be sent to places where larger numbers of people have not attended their appointments at vaccine centres so far. The GGD says that the bus will travel to places easily accessible in neighbourhoods, and will be targeted at places where lots of residents have few travel options.
It is intended that no-one should have to travel for longer than half an hour to get their vaccination, and there are currently eight vaccine centres open in Leeuwarden, Drachten, Sneek; Heerenveen, Franeker, Dokkum; Appelscha, and Koudum.
“We have noticed that we need to provide other opportunities for a vaccine here and there”, says Nils van Mourik, head of vaccinations at the GGD Fryslân. “By using the bus, we hope to be able to offer vaccines to even more residents in Friesland.”
Around 100 people can receive a vaccine on the bus per day, and it will take to the streets at the end of this month.