The GGD Twente and IJsselland are pulling out all the stops to give residents of Overijssel a booster vaccination as soon as possible. Before the end of this year, the GGDs together want to administer 110,000 booster shots per week. That is more than during the peak last summer; then there were a hundred thousand.
In order to be able to ‘boost’ on a massive scale, the GGD in Twente will also test in the evenings, at weekends and during the holidays. “We are scaling up so much that we are creating more volume each day to boost,” says Samantha Dinsbach, director of the GGD Twente. “We are moving towards 60,000 booster shots per week in this region, so that we can give everyone over the age of 18 who wants to, a booster shot before the end of January.”
Dinsbach calls it ‘an enormous challenge’ to be able to scale up so massively in such a short time. “But we receive help from general practitioners, healthcare institutions, but we also receive many offers in our organization and from the region.” Since this week, Defense has also been helping with vaccinations in Twente.
During the ‘vaccination peak’ of last summer, the GGD in Twente did have more vaccination locations than is the case now. That is a conscious choice, says Dinsbach. “It is better and more efficient to organize if we have fewer locations, because then we can deploy our staff more efficiently and also work in the evening.” There are now three vaccination locations in Twente, and a fourth will be added shortly.
The GGD IJsselland has also significantly expanded the injection capacity, especially for the booster vaccine. There is capacity for 50,000 vaccinations per week and 500 extra people have been recruited for this.
Infections in education
Due to the high demand for booster vaccinations, residents may not always be able to go directly to a vaccination location in their area. “I would advise you to try again later that day or else the next day,” says the GGD Twente director.
Twente counted 584 new infections last week, a decrease of a quarter compared to the previous week. However, there are still many infections in education. “Last week we saw 44 clusters among children. That is why I think it is good that the schools close earlier,” said Dinsbach.