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Vaccine Coverage Dutch National Influenza Prevention Program 2020: brief monitor.

Heins, M.J., Hooiveld, M., Korevaar, J.C. Vaccine Coverage Dutch National Influenza Prevention Program 2020: brief monitor. Utrecht: Nivel, 2021.
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During the yearly influenza vaccination campaign of 2020, more people were vaccinated compared to 2019. The vaccine coverage in the general population increased from 18.3% in 2019 to 20.8% in 2020. A possible explanation for the increase in vaccine coverage could be that the importance of vaccination against influenza was emphasized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among persons with an increased risk for complications due to influenza, because of age or a medical condition, 53.7% was vaccinated by their general practitioner.

Prior to the vaccination campaign, the Dutch college of General Practitioners revised the definition for the selection of the target population. When the old definition was applied, the vaccine coverage in the target population would have increased from 52.6% in 2019 to 57.3% in 2020. The vaccine coverage was relatively low among persons under 60 years of age who were invited for vaccination for the first time, probably because of revised definition.