Those aged 60 and above are at greatest risk of severe morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. The Moderna vaccine is very efficacious in this group. Accordingly, the Health Council of Netherlands recommends that it be used in elderly people aged 60 and above as soon as possible, starting with the oldest age groups, regardless of whether or not they belong to a medical risk group.
The Health Council feels that at least 90% of the Moderna and BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine supplies should be reserved for vaccinating the elderly. The Council’s advice is that allowance should be made for scenarios in which these vaccines become available later, or in smaller quantities than expected. It also recommends that the vaccination programme be designed to facilitate the ongoing implementation of the chosen vaccination strategy.
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