Belgium in Brief: The Fourth Dose

Belgium in Brief: The Fourth Dose
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"Fourth? But I've not even had my third yet," you might be thinking.

This may well be the case, and you might even start thinking about doses five, and six, and...

This reaction is not irrational. As virologist Steven Van Gucht put it, “it is very likely that we will need repeat vaccinations at some point in the future. The only thing we do not know yet is how often.”

This, of course, slots nicely into the discussion of when does it all end? Or does it?

Take flu jabs: they're just normal. So why not the Covid booster? Sure, that's wading into some pretty swampy territory, but what if they just became a regular thing. It may be not a big deal.

Imagine it: "Oh look, it's that time of year again, time to get my covid jab."

– "Man, really, it seems like it was only yesterday I got my last one."

"Yeah, me too. Now let's have a drink in this covid-safe bar. Have I told you that I booked a vacation?"

– "Good plan, I could do with a pint. I'm also going on holiday."

To me that doesn't sound so bad – what do you think?

Let @johnstonjules know. 

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