“Not only the very old people are in hospital, but also those in their forties, fifties or sixties. And then there are even younger people with underlying disorders,” she added.
On top of that, everyone is assuming that the vaccines are as good as the studies promise, according to her.
“I have confidence in that too, but we do not know how effective the vaccine will be in the longer term,” Vlieghe said, adding that we have to take into account that it could not work as well for a significant group of people, like the very elderly or people with immune problems.
However, she stressed that this does not mean we have to wait until everyone has been vaccinated before the first measures can be relaxed.
“It will be in stages, and always on the basis of the figures,” Vlieghe stressed. “But if you ask me if that can start during spring break, I think: that is too soon. Easter seems more realistic as an anchor point.”