Twelve asylum seekers are helping a vaccination centre in Ieper, in West Flanders, which was struggling to find staff during working hours, by volunteering at the centre.
The residents of the nearby asylum centre of Poelkapelle are already working at the centre, and the intention is to employ at least sixteen asylum seekers starting from the summer holidays.
"I visited the vaccination centre in Ieper. Asylum seekers are working there every day, from the parking lot to the vaccination cubicles, for our safety," State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Sammy Mahdi said on Twitter.
According to the director of vaccination centre, the necessary work at the centre cannot be done "without the commitment of these volunteers, as finding volunteers during working hours is not easy." "Our residents participate like all other volunteers. Employment is also part of their integration. Here, the residents learn work ethics and can practice their Dutch," Sofie Desseyn, director of the Poelkapelle asylum centre, said.
Vaccinatiecentrum in Ieper bezocht. Asielzoekers werken er iedere dag, van de parking tot het prikkotje, voor onze sanitaire veiligheid. Merci ❤️? pic.twitter.com/u0sGwgqKCX— Sammy Mahdi (@SammyMahdi) June 15, 2021
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