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Belgium in Brief: Testing The Vaccinated

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Did you get vaccinated thinking you’d never have another stick poked up your nose again?

Me too.

However, it seems that for the time being this uncomfortable practice is here to stay as Belgium tightens its testing rules from 31 August – even for the fully vaccinated.

From then on, everyone – including those who had two jabs and thought they were safe – will have to get tested on day 1 and day 7 after they have had a high-risk contact.

But before the prospect of yet more restrictions spoils your lunch, it is worth adding that a negative result on day 1 means that you don’t have to quarantine before the day 7 test. But yes, you still need to take the second test. Sorry.

While the return to schools and the upcoming relaxations to other restrictions are expected to cause a slight rise in infection figures, I for one am hoping that Belgium’s high vaccination coverage means that the situation will remain largely stable, and my nostrils will be spared.

What do you think? Can you already feel a runny nose coming on?

Let @johnstonjules know. Or @maithechini, as she wrote it today.

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