Dutch Health Body Urges Booster Shots for Those 60 and Over

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Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine labels basal   successful  beforehand   of a European Union emblem  connected  March 19, 2021. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters)

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine labels basal successful beforehand of a European Union emblem connected March 19, 2021. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—The Dutch wellness assembly advised the authorities Tuesday to statesman giving COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to everybody 60 and older and residents of nursing homes, saying it was seeing indications that COVID-19 extortion was waning among older people.

“To get up of an summation successful superior illness, the assembly advises the wellness curate to commencement offering boosters now,” the assembly said.

The government, which was acceptable to reimpose immoderate COVID-19 preventive measures aboriginal Tuesday, usually follows the wellness council’s advice.

Other European countries already person begun giving booster shots. France started giving boosters to radical implicit 65 2 months ago.

Just nether 80 percent of adults successful the Netherlands are afloat vaccinated. The authorities already has begun giving booster shots to radical with severely compromised immune systems.

COVID-19 cases person been rising sharply for weeks successful the Netherlands. The country’s nationalist wellness institute reported Tuesday that infections roseate 39 percent compared to the week earlier and infirmary admissions were up 31 percent amid a weeks-long emergence that began soon aft the authorities ended astir remaining lockdown restrictions successful precocious September.

Infections among nursing location residents roseate to the highest level since the commencement of February, the nationalist wellness institute said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed astir 18,500 radical successful the Netherlands.

A week ago, neighboring Belgium besides ratcheted up its COVID-19 restrictions amid a spike successful infections.

The Associated Press

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