Hundreds of thousands of labor migrants in the Netherlands are currently not eligible for vaccination against Covid 19, because they are not registered with the municipality where they reside. The newspaper Trouw reports this in collaboration with journalistic research collective Investico.
Foreign seasonal helpers are not included in the nationwide vaccination program, even though many do pay for their compulsory health insurance. Only people who are registered by municipalities in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) are invited to come and get an injection. Labor migrants are usually not registered with a municipality because their stay in the Netherlands is usually short.
Medical providers say that migrant workers should be vaccinated against corona because they often live in pairs and are therefore at greater risk. They refer to the situation last year at a number of slaughterhouses in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
A logistics employee at Schiphol recently pointed out that neither he nor the people with whom he lives in a house set up by the employer have registered with a municipality. Few have a DigiD for access to many government services.
Trade union FNV says it finds it unacceptable that this group is excluded from the Covid-19 vaccine. The union will urge the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to pay attention to this, vice-president Kitty Jong told Trouw. “These people often work in crucial professions and deserve the same protection as ieder others. It simply shows that they are still too often seen as second-class citizens in the Netherlands. '