During the Amsterdam marathon, extra help had to be called in to address a "large amount of unwellness" that could well be linked to the side effects of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Marathon organizers were not prepared for the high volume of problems, and traffic police in The Hague were called in to provide assistance to the Amsterdam unit. Six ambulances from other areas were escorted by motorcyclists to Amsterdam hospitals to deal with the problem, and it appears to be part of a growing trend involving healthy athletes experiencing heart problems in the wake of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
When the police tweeted that they hoped the affected athletes' conditions were improving, one commenter stated: "My girlfriend was one of the helpers at the Amsterdam marathon and saw at least three people being resuscitated and many being taken away. But, of course, that has nothing to do with the poison shots."
More than 35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far in the Netherlands.
Neurologist Jan Bonte said there has been a spike in the resuscitations needed during marathons and other running competitions. He said that research has shown the incidence is much higher than usual, and he would like to explore how vaccination status and the amount of time since being vaccinated are impacting these incidents.