The Municipality of The Hague is the first municipality in the Netherlands to launch a plan to boost the vaccination rate. The Hague is taking the lead together with the Dutch State to prevent such illnesses as the measles.
The reason behind the plan is the declining vaccination rate in The Hague. The vaccination rate for 2-year-olds dropped from 89.4% in 2017 to 87.9% in 2018. This is far below the recommended percentage of 95% set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to achieve population immunity. The Hague also aims to realise a 95% rate for all infants, toddlers and schoolchildren.
The plan will make it easier for residents of The Hague to get vaccinated by using mobile vaccination teams to target specific community groups. The municipality will launch a so-called ‘Hague Vaccination Alliance’ for the purpose of sharing information on this subject. The municipality will also develop a tool kit for professionals and create a public information campaign.
In 2019 all young people aged 14 to 18 years will get a free vaccination against meningococcal disease. In The Hague more than 24,000 teenagers received an invitation to get the vaccination from the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health) before the summer.