Many more nursing homes make the mistake of vaccinations

Yesterday, RTL Nieuws reported on the basis of its own research that employees of nine large healthcare organizations in South Holland were wrongly assigned a vaccine. These are people who work in a nursing home, but have no direct contact with a patient.

At Argos Zorggroep, employees who work from home, such as data analysts and purchasing employees, also received a vaccine. It now appears that more care organizations deviate from the rules.

Everyone a vaccine

The 1200 employees of the Frankeland group all received an invitation. Also directors, press officers and employees of the administration. No distinction was made. “People are walking around the building all day long. It is unwise to vaccinate half of them and not vaccinate the other half.” A spokesperson finds no problem that they are going against the existing policy. “It will be a concern.”

When asked, director Ben de Koning of the Frankelandgroep says that he thinks it is right that the board of directors and directors have also been vaccinated. “We have done what we have done and we are 100 percent behind it. We are all there, we are all doing it.”

Who can be vaccinated?

In December, the cabinet decided that care workers in nursing homes should receive priority in vaccination. The basic principle is that only healthcare workers who have direct contact with clients may be vaccinated.

The RIVM, the ministry and the sector organizations have made agreements about who is not covered by this vaccination. These are support staff, such as cleaners, people who serve meals, volunteers and carers.

It is up to the nursing homes themselves to invite the people who qualify for an injection. The ministry or the GGD will not check this. A template letter has been sent with which employees can be invited, but employers may also compile an invitation themselves.

Volunteers out of service

Things also went wrong at the Amsta care organization in Amsterdam. There, not only people who prepare the meal are invited for vaccination, but also volunteers. Volunteers who have already stopped their work are also invited. In addition, volunteers were also invited whose activities have been suspended for a year due to corona.

In an email from Amsta to the volunteers, in the hands of RTL Nieuws, it says: “We are happy that there is finally a vaccine and that you, as an Amsta volunteer, can get vaccinated from 11 January. Because a vaccine not only protects yourself and our residents, but your family, colleagues, friends and vulnerable people around us. “

‘Slipped Through’

Amsta says in a response that some volunteers ‘slipped through’. The organization still supports the choices made to vaccinate much more generously. “We take into account the fact that many residents cannot adhere to the hygiene measures and a distance of 1.5 meters, because they do not understand them properly.”

SVRZ in Zeeland also vaccinated more generously, just like Atlant in the Apeldoorn region and Florence in The Hague.

“We find the news shocking that employers are vaccinating employees who do not qualify for it,” says Stella Salden of the NU’91 union. “Any vaccine you give to someone like that comes at the expense of someone else. People who work on the front lines, such as community nurses, should be at the front.”


According to health economist Xander Koolman, the argument of the care organizations is incorrect, which states that they mainly want to protect the elderly with vaccinations. “The ring of protection does not work. After administering AstraZeneca, we know that 50 percent fewer infections occur. But the reduction is not zero. Healthcare workers can still infect high-risk groups.”

Vaccinating employees can actually have the opposite effect. “Because those people get fewer symptoms, there is a chance that those employees will not stay at home and in the meantime continue with risky behavior and possibly infect more people.”

‘It cannot be justified’

Koolman calls the fact that members of the management and the board are vaccinated ‘unjustifiable’. “If you observe measures – such as keeping your distance – what are the chances that you will infect patients you only see for a short time? It’s different if someone has to wash a client.”

According to Koolman, the government could have expected these excesses. “This could be prevented through national policy with controls. If you entrust this responsibility to the care organizations themselves, they will let their interests play a role.”

Call is ignored

Minister Hugo de Jonge said it was shameful that healthcare institutions let some employees push. “It is not the time to be the cool pear and think: I invite my entire workforce.”

He calls on healthcare organizations on Monday to be economical with vaccines and to cancel agreements made for employees who do not qualify for a vaccine at all. Many nursing home employees have not yet been able to make an appointment for a vaccination, because all places are full.

Yet the nine care organizations that fall under Conforte in South Holland do not intend to do this. They stand behind their choice. “We won’t change that. The invitations have already been sent.” In doing so, they are diametrically opposed to what the minister requires of them. It has announced that it will enter into talks with these organizations.

Source: RTL Nieuws by

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