The GGD Fryslân will travel to the islands from May 25 to work with GP’s in dispensing the jabs
Translated by Thomas Ansell
All adults on the Wadden Islands that are part of Friesland will be able to receive a Coronavirus vaccine by the end of next month, reports the Omrop Fryslân. A GGD Fryslân team will come to the islands from May 25 to work with GP’s in getting everyone vaccinated. All islanders over the age of 60, and medical staff have already been vaccinated.
The decision has been made so that islanders don’t need to come to vaccine centres in other places on the Dutch mainland. They will first receive a postal invitation, and can then book a jab by telephone. People on the Wadden Islands will receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, and it is expected that about 6,000 people will receive their jabs in that week.
For various reasons, the islands have a significantly higher proportion of people vaccinated than other places in the Netherlands. About 40 percent of people on Schiermonnikoog have had their second vaccination, and on Ameland, Terschelling, and Vlieland this figure varies between 25 and 30 percent.
On the mainland, however, only about 5 percent of people have received their second dose of Coronavirus vaccine, with between 13 and 19 percent of people having had one jab (via the GGD). However the numbers are skewed slightly because people in care institutions, hospitals, and GP surgeries have all been able to be vaccinated by their employer/care institute and so do not fall under GGD figures.
Vlieland: 25 and 26 May
Schiermonnikoog: 26 May
Terschelling: 27, 28, 29; 30 May
Ameland: 27, 28, 29 May