Youth health organizations are concerned about the lack of vaccination coverage for children and youth of immigrant backgrounds. So Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht asked for an analysis.
In cooperation with RIVM and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, the four cities now want to investigate explanations for the differences. They also want to develop a policy to ensure that more people participate in the national immunization program.
The Big Four cities also want to share current ideas and policies on this topic. Amsterdam will soon present a plan to increase vaccination coverage. It states, among other things, that GGD will investigate why people do not vaccinate their children.
Rotterdam wants to use so-called key figures to tailor information about immigrants’ vaccinations. For example, informational meetings are organized with an imam. The Hague is already working with major figures in neighborhoods with relatively low vaccination coverage. The municipality is also training health ambassadors to provide information in community centers.
Utrecht also takes a lively approach. Youth healthcare takes extra time to talk to parents and answer questions about vaccination.
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