A record-breaking week for the region’s vaccination centres

This week if all goes to plan 677,010 people will be vaccinated at the 95 Flemish coronavirus vaccination centres. According to the Flemish Care and Health Agency’s vaccination plan 556,508 people will receive their first dose of coronavirus vaccine this week with 110,502 set to be given their second dose. Never before will so many people in our region have been vaccinated in one week. 

The Flemish Health Minister Wouter Beke (Christian democrat) hopes that by 21 June 70% of all adults in Flanders will have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. By Saturday 12 June more than 3.37 million people in Flanders had received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. This is 63% of the adult population and half of the population as a whole. Of these 1.8 million had been fully immunised. This is around a third of all adults in our region.

During the week commencing 21 June 659,000 people will be vaccinated. After this the pace of the vaccination campaign will slow down as fewer doses of coronavirus will be delivered.

Meanwhile, people under the age of 41 will be able to choose to be vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. They will be able to register their wish through the QVAX registration system. They will be asked to confirm that they are aware of the rare side-effect (blood clots,) that the vaccine has been found to have. Those that say that they have no objections to being given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine won’t necessarily be given it automatically. This will depend on availability of it and other vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine offers full immunisation after just one dose

Digital COVID certificate

This week will also see the launch of the EU digital COVID certificate in Belgium. Last week the Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Flemish socialist) said that the certificate will be available here from Wednesday 16 June. 

The certificate shows whether a person has been immunised, has had coronavirus during the past 6 months or has undergone a PCR test that proved negative just prior to travel. Those with the certificate will be able to travel freely within the EU.

 

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