It’s unfortunate to say, but when it comes to vaccines we’re all starting to get a little bit selfish, or at the very least self-interested.
But maybe that’s a good thing.
No matter where you look, the world is starting to become littered with comments on the speed of the vaccination, strategies, supplies, of various countries – because many just want life to go back to normal and see the vaccine as a way to do that.
Here in Belgium, things are all but concrete regarding vaccination strategy. Belgium decided on the priority groups for vaccination in early December, determining that residents and staff in residential care centres would be the first to be vaccinated, followed by healthcare staff in hospitals.
Then it would be other staff members working in hospitals and health services, then people over 65 years old, followed by people between 45 and 65 with underlying conditions, and eventually people working in an essential profession.
After everyone in those groups has been vaccinated, it will be the rest of the adult population’s turn.
What is far from fixed, is the speed this will happen at. After a cautious – or slow – start, which happened “for good reasons,” Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke announced that he and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo had asked the taskforce for a revised plan to speed up the vaccinations from next week.
No vaccines should be left in a freezer, he said, adding that “they all have to be used as soon as possible.”
So maybe things are about to change. 2020 was all about the maybes, looks like 2021 might be the same for now.
Right. Enough from me, news time.
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