The maximum annual allowance to volunteers working at Belgium’s vaccination centres will almost double from €1,416 to €2,600, Social Affairs and Health Minister, Frank Vandenbroucke announced on Friday.
Volunteers who receive the maximum daily allowance of 35.41 euros will therefore be able to work up to 74 days instead of 40.
For now, the vaccination campaign has been extended until spring 2022 to administer an additional vaccine dose.
Vaccination centres prefer to rely on the volunteers who have been involved since the beginning of the campaign, Belga news agency report. They will therefore be called upon more than expected.
Given that the pandemic is in its fourth wave, the health care sector will continue to face high workload pressure in 2022, and the deployment of volunteers will therefore remain important to help health professionals cope.
There was a risk that the volunteers would quickly reach the annual ceiling for compensation set by the law billed on 3 July 2005, but it has now been reviewed and updated.