Thousands of people try to push for vaccination every week

A spokesperson for the GGD says this to RTL News. Every day, about 85,000 people schedule an appointment for their corona vaccination.

But about 0.5 percent of those agreements are made by people who have not yet been eligible, the GGD reports. That means that every week about 2,975 people try to push ahead when making a vaccination appointment.

Check

Although these ‘front ringers’ sometimes manage to schedule an appointment via the appointment system, for example by lying about their year of birth, they are still singled out at a later stage.

“At the end of the day, an automated check is made for the age target groups who have made an appointment online, based on the data we have received,” says a spokesperson. “People who are not yet eligible for a vaccination based on their year of birth are automatically filtered out here and then canceled.”

Hundreds of phone calls

According to the GGD, hundreds of phone calls have to be made every day to cancel the appointments made too early. Every day, 300 employees are available for this task.

“They have these conversations during the quiet times of the day. The priority is always to make appointments for the callers who are already due.” In addition to a telephone cancellation, the breakers also receive a cancellation by text message.

Control on location

Should it happen that people who are not yet entitled to it, nevertheless have made a vaccination appointment for their turn, they will be picked out at the injection site.

“The following applies to all age and target groups: at the vaccination location, an employee checks whether an appointment has been lawfully made and whether all the necessary documents are available. If not, the vaccination will still be canceled.”

The spokesman could not say whether the system is completely watertight. “I can’t say with 100 percent certainty that no one has ever managed to slip through the control system. But people who try this are committing fraud at the expense of another.”

‘Please wait for your invitation’

The GGD therefore asks people to simply wait their turn when making an injection appointment. “We understand very well that many people are anxiously waiting for their vaccination, but we ask everyone to be patient,” said a spokesman.

“The ministry has decided on a vaccination sequence aimed at protecting the most vulnerable and the healthcare workers who care for them from the coronavirus first. There is a vaccine available for everyone, but please wait for your invitation.”

Check afterwards

If thousands of people have to be canceled every week because they have been able to make an injection appointment out of turn, why is the appointment system not being fine-tuned so that it is not possible to make an appointment at all when it is not your turn?

“In consultation with the RIVM and VWS, a deliberate choice was made for a process and accompanying system that is accessible and user-friendly, partly in view of the speed with which the vaccination campaign had to be started”, says a spokesperson for the GGD. “The starting point was to vaccinate as many people as possible as soon as possible and this system is designed for that. We have jointly chosen not to shut down the appointment system unnecessarily, but to carry out the checks afterwards.”
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