Vaccination should be made mandatory or be encouraged in Belgium with a coronavirus pass to get the vaccination rate up, according to Marc Noppen, the CEO of the Brussels University Hospital (UZ Brussel).
However, it may also be possible to win some people over by introducing a coronavirus pass, like in France, according to Noppen.
Additionally, just like all of Belgium’s hospitals, he is also firmly in favour of compulsory vaccination for everyone working in the healthcare sector, but the government is currently still sticking to voluntary vaccination.
However, the vaccination rate in residential care centres in Brussels is still below 50%, which is a risk for residents and visitors. “We cannot tolerate this,” said Noppen.
“There is a group of people who are fundamentally, rabidly anti-vaccine for whatever reason. You cannot convince them with rational arguments,” he said.
As a result, Noppen pleads for a kind of two-track policy: either make vaccination mandatory, or “reward” those who want to be vaccinated with a coronavirus pass.
“For principled anti-vaxxers: no mercy,” he added.