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Speech by Audri Statie Torres on February 19th 2021

Kralendijk – At Fundashon Mariadal we have been working very hard on the final preparations in order to be able to deliver the first coronavirus inoculations on Monday 22 February. This is in accordance with our vaccination plan. Healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients will be vaccinated in the first stage of the plan. This includes nurses, family doctors, dentists, employees at homes for the elderly, physiotherapists, etc.

There are approximately 600 healthcare professionals who are eligible for the vaccination. Next week we will begin administering vaccinations at Fundashon Mariadal on Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February.

In preparing for delivering the vaccinations, we have followed all necessary conditions to ensure that the vaccinations are administered properly and safely. For example, we have adhered to the rules of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and we have considered how best to prepare the vaccine and how best to vaccinate people. All members of the vaccination teams have received appropriate training. We also have medical and support teams to ensure that the vaccination process runs smoothly.

Next week our goal is to administer the first inoculations to 160 healthcare professionals per day. They will get the second inoculation three weeks later. This means that we will be vaccinating the professionals with the second inoculation in March. At Fundashon Mariadal, healthcare professionals will be vaccinated in the old FORMA building. That location is large enough to vaccinate many people while ensuring everyone is still able to follow the coronavirus rules.

We are ready to do this! And we trust that in the first week and the weeks thereafter the vaccinations will go smoothly.

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