Single bad reaction to booster; Brabant doctors offer to give jabs themselves

A nurse giving a vaccine to an elderly person
Photo: depositphotos
A nurse giving a vaccine to an elderly person
Photo: Depositphotos

More than 1.5 million boosters have been given, with just one bad reaction, according to analysis by Lareb.

The Dutch ‘pharmacovigilance centre’, which monitors side effects related to drugs, reports that up until December 19, it has had 348 reports of reactions indicating an allergic or anaphylactic response to a coronavirus jab. The figures relate to around 25 million first and second vaccinations given so far in the Netherlands.

Four in five were reactions to a first vaccination, and around half were evident in the first half hour. Most were experienced by women under 60.

In October, the centre reported that more than 10,000 women reported irregularities in their menstrual cycle after the vaccination.

Up until now, people getting vaccinated have been asked to wait for 15 minutes in an observation room to monitor for reactions, but government health advisors want to drop this provision in order to speed up jabs.

In a press conference announcing a lockdown until January 14, health minister Hugo de Jonge said the government aimed to give boosters to everyone who wants one by the end of January.

Among concerns that older people are not getting appointments fast enough, a group of around 135 doctors in Oost-Brabant is working with its public health board to offer Moderna vaccinations, reports NOS.

Amsterdam has announced that it is spinning up more capacity. However, first thing on Tuesday morning, there were reports of national problems with the telephone booking system for vaccinations and for tests, which were later resolved.

The Netherlands was one of the last countries in Europe to start giving booster shots. Two days before the British NHS began its booster campaign in September, the Dutch government had announced that it did not need the boost as ‘the effectivity of the vaccines is high.’

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