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Corona vaccine will be free, but not compulsory: we already know this about Belgian vaccination policy.
The future corona vaccine will be free of charge for everyone living or staying in Belgium, but will not be compulsory. This has been decided by the various health ministers. The aim is to vaccinate at least 70% of the population. “This is important for our health, our social life and for the economy,” says Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (SP.A) at VRT NWS.
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There will be no general vaccination obligation in our country. The future corona vaccine will be voluntary and free of charge for all Belgians (and non-Belgians residing in our country). The intention is to vaccinate at least 70% of the population, at least 8 million Belgians. “We are going to have to convince people that they are good, effective and safe vaccines,” says Vandenbroucke.
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Whoever gets the vaccine first will be determined on the basis of scientific advice and a public debate. “It seems obvious that you give priority to those who work in hospitals and residential care centres”, says the Minister. “Older people also have priority – as with the flu vaccine. In any case, there is still a lot to clear up, because the first consignments of vaccines will probably be delivered in small quantities.
Before vaccination can take place, of course, there must be a vaccine. Belgium is therefore taking part in the European purchase procedure for the COVID-19 vaccines, in which the European Commission is negotiating with the companies on behalf of the Member States. Three contracts have already been signed. “We are laying our eggs in different baskets”, says Vandenbroucke. “If we subscribe to different purchase files from the European Commission, we will have enough vaccines for every Belgian.
We will have to get through the winter by being very careful.
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Frank Vandenbroucke, Minister for Health, SP.A.
We still have to wait for those vaccines. There are a number of promising candidates that have yet to be approved by the European Medicines Agency. “At the earliest at the beginning of next year, the first vaccines will be delivered in limited quantities”, says Vandenbroucke. He cannot give an exact timing for the time being. “We will have to get through the winter by being very careful and very strict with ourselves.
Task force for precise deployment
In order to manage the roll-out of the vaccination programme, a Task Force on the operationalisation of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy will be set up. This task force will be tasked with identifying, allocating and supporting all necessary actions to implement the vaccination strategy.
This Task Force will be composed of scientists, representatives of federal and state administrations, crisis managers, and representatives of professional organisations and technical working groups.
In several neighbouring countries, they already seem to go well beyond setting up a task force. For example, German media report that vaccination centres would be set up throughout the country as early as December. In the capital, Berlin alone, six such centres are to be set up. In Great Britain, for example, there has been a vaccination task force since May.