Wednesday 1/20/21
COVID-19

Netherlands last country in EU to begin vaccinations

Vaccination centres across the country are not expected to be operational until next week.

A person holds a phial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Liam Mcburney/dpa/file photo.
A person holds a phial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Liam Mcburney/dpa/file photo.

The Netherlands on Wednesday became the last country in the European Union to begin vaccinating residents against Covid-19.

A staff member at a care home for the elderly was the first to receive the shot in Veghel in the south-east of the country.

Health workers will be first in line for vaccination in the coming days.

Vaccination centres across the country are not expected to be operational until next week.

The Dutch government brought forward the planned roll-out of the vaccine by several days following severe criticism of the slow start. Other EU countries began administering the vaccine at the end of last month.

Criticism

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has admitted mistakes were made and that authorities should have been better prepared for the mass vaccination drive.

Around 280,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been sitting unused in the east of the country for the past days.

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