Both GGDs are on track when it comes to how many vaccines they want to put in place. In IJsselland they are even a bit ahead of that schedule. From today it is possible to come to one of the injection locations in Zwolle, Deventer and Hardenberg without an appointment. However, you must be 18 years or older and eligible for the booster shot.
“We have slightly more capacity than appointments, so we have more room to help people without an appointment,” says Sytske Oosterhof of the GGD IJsselland. Working without an appointment could also convince people who are still in doubt about getting a booster vaccination.
In Twente, it is now possible to get a vaccine without an appointment that is left over at the end of the day at the various injection locations. The rule is: first come, first served. It is not yet possible for the GGD in Twente to work completely without an appointment. The capacity is currently insufficient for this.
“We now also prick more than we have to. We therefore do not feel the need to work with free walk-in,” says Annelies Barrett of the GGD Twente. It is expected that people will only be welcomed there without an appointment if there is a view that it will become a bit quieter.
Advice: make an appointment
A disadvantage of working without an appointment is that you may have to wait a long time for a vaccine. The GGDs therefore advise to make an appointment if you want to be seen quickly. This can be done by telephone, but we prefer an online appointment.
There have been no long queues at the injection location on Meeuwenlaan in Zwolle today. Sometimes it seems crowded, because there are dozens of people outside. But they were ‘pricked away’ fairly quickly. A long waiting period arises, among other things, when people do not have a completed medical statement with them. Oosterhof does not expect those rows, by the way. “In principle, many people from our region have already made an appointment.”