No vaccination buses in Brussels due to driver strike

No vaccination buses in Brussels due to driver strike
The Vacci-bus, a mobile vaccination point, is seen here parked on the parking lot of an Action store in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean in Brussels. Credit: Belga/Laurie Dieffembacq

None of the Brussels-Capital Region’s mobile vaccination buses are operating on Thursday due to a strike.

Bus drivers for Keolis, the partner of the Common Community Commission (GGC) in the mobile vaccination project, are on strike, according to Belga News Agency.

“The GGC teams are doing their utmost to find alternatives and continue vaccinating people,” the commission said.

The vaccination buses were initially created as a way to reach people in Brussels neighbourhoods where vaccination coverage is still low.

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The project was successful, and the buses were soon used all over the capital region in order to increase the vaccination rate for Brussels (where 57 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated), which lags significantly behind that of Flanders (80 percent) and Wallonia (70 percent).

The strike at bus company Keolis has repercussions on the local stations at the OCMW public social welfare centre in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, at the Sint-Antoniuskerk in Vorst and at the Hectoliterstraat in Brussels-city.

Those vaccination points will remain closed on Thursday, but it is possible that the strike lasts until 6 December.

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