Care organisations ask Consultative Committee to impose vaccination for all staff

Care organisations ask Consultative Committee to impose vaccination for all staff
Credit: Belga

Various organisations that defend the interests of healthcare institutions have asked Prime Minister Alexander De Croo to introduce the vaccination obligation not only for care staff, but for all employees.

The letter was signed by the Flemish umbrella organisation Zorgnet-Icuro and the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) among others and comes in the run-up to the Consultative Committee tomorrow. The organisations also want clarity about the date on which this obligation will come into force, reports the Belga News Agency.

In November, the Federal Government already reached an agreement on compulsory vaccination in the healthcare sector. It was announced that from 1 January, healthcare personnel would have three months to get vaccinated.

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From 1 April, those who refused to be vaccinated would be dismissed or suspended for six months. However, the law has not yet been voted on, and the various federations fear that the transitional period will be shortened, so they will not have enough time to learn about the details of the obligation.

Limiting the vaccination requirement to healthcare personnel only “would make the measure less effective for public health,” the letter said. “For example, there is a close link between the maintenance staff and the patients or residents. Moreover, the virus spreads through aerosols.”

Apart from Zorgnet-Icuro and VVSG, the French-speaking counterpart of VVSG and the French-speaking care umbrella organisation Santhea, Gibbis (Brussels Health Institutions) and the Federation of Brussels Public Centres for Social Welfare (OCMWs) also signed the letter.

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