Almost a quarter of all people aged 60 and over have had the booster shot against the coronavirus. The vaccination rate in that group increased to 23.3 percent last week, the National Institute for Public health and Environment (RIVM).
The vaccination rate is highest among people born between 1934 and 1943. About half of that group has been vaccinated.
In total, more than 1.25 million people have had the additional vaccination. This should boost the defense against the coronavirus. More than 303,000 people were vaccinated last week, about the same as the week before.
About 7.5 million people are eligible for the vaccination. Based on previous rounds, the Ministry of Health expects that approximately 4 million people will actually have the shot. The campaign runs until the end of December.
The vaccination round started at the beginning of October. People aged 60 and over were the first in line. Other groups that are eligible for the booster shot can now also make a vaccination appointment. These are people aged 18 to 59 who, for example, have Down syndrome or a serious immune disorder. They are at greater risk if they become infected with the coronavirus. Healthcare workers and pregnant women can also receive the shot, as can people who are not at risk themselves but have a vulnerable family member. (AP)