Share article:
Share article:

Brussels launches campaign to vaccinate sex workers

Credit: Unsplash

Brussels’ Common Community Commission (COCOM), which manages the Region’s vaccination policy, launched a campaign focused on the vaccination of sex workers, since they will be allowed to resume their work from 9 June.

The Region worked together with several associations close to the sector, such as Alias, Bruss’Help, Espace P, Dokters van de Wereld and UTSOPI.

“Sex workers are highly exposed to contact with their clients and are asking to be vaccinated themselves,” Maxime Maes, general coordinator of sex worker union UTSOPI, said in a press release.

“In this way, the sector can carry out its activities in the best possible conditions, taking into account their daily reality,” Maes said, adding that such an arrangement is “indispensable.”

Related News:


According to Brussels Health Minister Alain Maron, the goal remains the same: “vaccinating as many Brussels residents as possible and not leaving anyone behind.”

This new initiative of community vaccinations comes on top of the other campaigns in the Region, according to him.

People in Brussels who want to be vaccinated are asked to register at one of the Region’s ten vaccination centres. “However, if a person requests it, we also offer them the opportunity to be vaccinated at the premises of one of the associations on the ground,” the COCOM said.

In this case, the shots will be administered by a mobile vaccination team, consisting of a nurse and a coordinating doctor. “It is important that the vaccination takes place in a place where no judgement is passed and no intrusive questions are asked.”

“It is really great that these organisations are also providing vaccination! I have been waiting for a year for it myself,” said Belinda, a sex worker in Brussels, in the same press release.

“For me, it is the only place where I feel comfortable enough to talk about my profession,” she added.

The sex work sector is one of the hardest-hit sectors by the health crisis. The combination of the stop of their activities and other factors only added to the extreme insecurity of sex workers, who are not always covered by the general vaccination system.

Latest news

Why Belgium is regulating sex work
After decades of confusing rules and hypocritical policy, Belgium is finally regulating sex work by removing prostitution from the criminal law. ...
Up to 100 km/h winds expected across Belgium on Wednesday night
Gusts of up to 100 km/h are expected across Belgium on Wednesday night, according to the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI), which has issued a ...
Cycling traffic officially added to VRT’s traffic bulletin
Usually a list of updates for drivers on busy roads, traffic bulletins will now include the latest travel news for cyclists in Belgium, VRT announced ...
MEPs call for European strategy to protect workers from asbestos
Members of the European Parliament are calling on the Commission to create a strategy for removing all abestos from buildings in order to reduce the ...
Mandatory vaccine for carers: employers call for sanctions
In a notice submitted by the National Council for Work (CNT), employers have called for heavy penalties for healthcare workers who refuse to receive ...
Police pension protest blocks several Brussels crossroads
On Wednesday, around 350 police officers expressed their dissatisfaction about the unclear pension scheme, low salaries and politicised police unions ...
Belgium in Brief: A Consultative Committee Sequel
Sequels often have a lot to live up to and when it comes to movie franchises, it gets difficult to keep up the hype once you get towards the final ...
25 years ago today: 300,000 people marched in white against child abuse
On this day 25 years ago, over 300,000 people marched in Brussels to demand a more effective justice system and to support the families of Julie, ...
Windy weather forecast should lower gas prices
After weeks of relatively calm conditions, a return to windy weather should lower Europe's soaring energy prices. Wind turbines in the UK and Germany ...
EC calls on candidate countries to focus on fundamental reforms before they can join the EU
The European Commission adopted yesterday its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by ...
Cigarette-eating robot patrols Ghent streets to fight littering
A litter fighting (and eating) robot will be patrolling the streets of Ghent in the coming weeks in an effort to raise awareness of the growing ...
Display of child’s room in Brussels raises awareness of foster families
An exhibit that features a fictitious child’s bedroom has been on display since Tuesday at the Place d'Armes in Namur, with the support of the ...