Vaccination rate in Urk lowest, Terschelling tops the chart

The city of Urk. Photo: Holland Media Bank

The fishing village of Urk has the lowest coronavirus vaccination rate in the Netherlands while Terschelling has the highest, figures by health institute RIVM have shown.

Only one in five of people has been vaccinated in the staunchly Protestant former island of Urk, where protests against coronavirus measures were some of the most violent in the country.

The report is a compilation of the number of people over 65 who have been given at least one jab and who agreed to share their data, and anonymous data from people in all other age categories who have been vaccinated at least once by their local health board.

In other towns in the Dutch Biblebelt, such as Neder-Betuwe, Reimerswaal and Staphorst the vaccination rate at the time of measuring was between 60% and 74% while Nunspeet on the Veluwe scored between 70% and 84%.

The Wadden islands had the highest percentage of  people with at least one jab, with Terschelling on top with between 85% and 89%.

Of the big cities Rotterdam had the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated people. Only between 40% and 59% of Rotterdammers have had two jabs.

Slightly over 77% of all adults in the Netherlands have now been fully vaccinated while 85% have had at least one jab. Among teenagers, the rate is 31%.

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