Wallonia expands vaccination target groups to speed up rollout
Share article:
Share article:

Wallonia expands vaccination target groups to speed up rollout

Credit: Belga

Wallonia has taken several intermediate measures to increase the pace of its coronavirus vaccination rollout by expanding the target groups of phase 1A4, based on advice from the Covid-19 General Delegation, the cell dedicated to fighting the pandemic.

It will now also send invitations to final-year students in the health and care professions likely to aid in this crisis, all staff of family and elderly support services and vaccinators and logistics staff of the centres for the general public, Walloon Health Minister Christie Morreale announced on Tuesday.

“We now must speed up the pace, and want to do it at this point, especially in light of the increasing infection rates of the last few days,” said Morreale.

The Walloon government decided to immediately send invitations to groups that are included in the next phase set out by the federal government (1B) and who are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Related News

This would include people at risk in terms of health, who have been recommended by general practitioners who are helping to coordinate the vaccination centres for the general public in Wallonia, as well as the front-line intervention police officers.

These five groups will receive an invitation with a series of time slots for several vaccination centres in Wallonia in the next two weeks.

Morreale announced the Walloon government was in contact with hospitals to work on a plan to provide vaccinations for people with chronic illnesses, as well as for transplant and dialysis patients who are regularly taken to hospital.

So far, over 142,000 people have been vaccinated with the first dose in Wallonia and around 90,000 have received both doses. The vaccinations in of hospital staff and collective institutions for people with disabilities will speed up as of next week, according to Morreale’s press release.

Reviewing the Federal strategy

In Brussels, the strategy was also modified after many phase 1A4 invitees did not respond or did not show up at the Heysel vaccination centre.

This weekend, the Brussels health inspectorate invited all police zones and certain day centres, including those for the disabled, to have their staff vaccinated.

“The choice of prioritising police officers and health care providers has been coordinated with the federal task force on vaccination,” Inge Neven of the Brussels Health Inspectorate told Bruzz.

Normally, it would only be their turn after all frontline workers, she explained: “But, because we saw that there were still quite a few gaps in the agenda, we are now moving them forward by two weeks.”

The Superior Council of Health is expected to decide on whether it will authorise AstraZeneca’s vaccine for the over-55s on Tuesday, which could result in the strategy being further amended.

On Wednesday, Belgium’s national, regional and community health ministers are due to meet to discuss the review of the Covid-19 vaccination strategy, taking into consideration the opinions laid out by the Superior Council of Health.

Aside from asking it to reconsider the administration of the AstraZeneca jab for elderly people, Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke asked the council to consider the delaying of a second shot of the Pfizer vaccine and to discuss administering a single dose instead of the two for those vaccines for which this strategy has been recommended.

Lauren Walker
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Thousands protest against the Covid health pass in France
Demonstrations against the health pass and other measures aimed at preventing the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) mobilised tens of ...
Record-breaking 770-metre highline installed in Freÿr, Beglium
A 770-metre long highline was installed at an altitude of 70 metres at the Freÿr Rocks on Saturday, setting a new Belgian record, according to ...
Will Brussels bounce back?
The lockdowns have tested the city and forced it to confront key questions about its future. Derek Blyth looks back at an extraordinary moment in our ...
Huge cannabis farm discovered inside closed down Chinese restaurant near Charleroi
A cannabis plantation with several hundred mature plants was dismantled on Friday evening in a former Chinese restaurant on Chaussée de Bruxelles ...
Citizen founded wind turbine project launched in Liège region
A citizen founded wind turbine project was inaugurated in the Liège Region on Saturday by Walloon Energy Minister Philippe Henry (Ecolo) together ...
Five questions to philosopher Philippe Van Parijs on Leopold II and embarrassment in Brussels’ public space
The worldwide explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, combined with the 60th anniversary of the ...
Belgium to invest in sustainable heating in 2022
The federal government will set aside about one million euros in its 2022 budget for a social tariff for sustainable heating, Federal Energy Minister ...
Anti-vaxxers demonstrate against Covid Safe Ticket in Brussels
Hundreds of supporters of the anti-vaxx movement gathered on Saturday outside the headquarters of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company to protest ...
Belgium’s investment funds total 260 billion euros in assets
Belgium’s funds industry grew by 5.3% (13 billion euros) in the second quarter of this year, bringing investment funds available to the public to ...
Brussels to Luxembourg by train in two hours soon possible
The fastest train ride between Brussels and Luxembourg currently takes almost three hours, but that could be slashed to about two hours thanks to the ...
Daily Covid infections up by almost 30% in Belgium
Between 6 and 12 October, an average of 2,438 people were infected with the Covid-19 virus every day, according to figures from the Sciensano public ...
Over 80,000 companies in Belgium non-compliant with anti-money laundering meassures
Over 80,000 companies and non-profits in Belgium are still not compliant with the Ultimate Business Owner (UBO) register, which is required of them ...