'Would make no sense': Brussels won't use Belgium's vaccination reserve list

'Would make no sense': Brussels won't use Belgium's vaccination reserve list
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People in Flanders, Wallonia and the German-speaking community can register to get on Belgium’s vaccination reserve list via the federal QVax platform from today.

Residents of the Brussels-Capital Region, however, will be required to use a different system.

"We already have our own system in place, and it works really well," Inge Neven of the Brussels Health Inspectorate told Bruzz.  While a federal system to register to get on the reserve list was launched on Tuesday morning, it "would make no sense" for Brussels to also start using it, according to Neven.

"From [next] Monday, people living in Brussels can register to get on the reserve list for vaccination by contacting the call centre," Gudrun Briat of the vaccination taskforce said during a press conference on Tuesday morning, adding that it can be reached during working hours via the telephone number 02 214 19 19.

This builds on a system in place since early March, which allowed Brussels residents to register by telephone to receive the remaining doses, which saw available slots "filled fairly well," Neven said. "For the time being, this applies to all people over 64. Either they register for an open slot at a vaccination centre, or they put themselves on a waiting list."

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Even though several people living in Brussels managed to register via QVax on Tuesday morning, the platform will no longer accept registrations from the Brussels Region now, and will direct people to the call centre instead, according to Briat.

The Capital Region's system will be operated by Doctena, Health Minister Alain Maron stated on Saturday.

“Brussels has signed a contract with the company Doctena so that registrations in the centres no longer go through the Doclr system. Doctena will include a 'last-minute' function for vaccinations,” he added.

Starting from Thursday, high-risk patients - those with an underlying condition - can check if they are part of the group currently being vaccinated via the website myhealthviewer.be.

Maïthé Chini

The Brussels Times

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