Travel to and from the coronavirus vaccination centres in Brussels by tram, bus and metro will be free starting from Thursday, the city’s public transport company STIB announced.
Brussels residents who are getting vaccinated at any of the six (soon-to-be 10) centres can use the STIB network free of charge to get to their appointments.
"The vaccination of Brussels residents is accelerating by the day. As of next week, 3 new vaccination centres will be added to the existing offer. The free journeys offered by STIB will therefore further improve the accessibility of vaccination for all," said Alain Maron, Brussels Minister of Health.
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As vaccinations are done in two stages, all residents will receive two return trips to the vaccination centres for free, the STIB has confirmed.
The personal vaccination code included in all invitations from the Joint Community Commission which are used to make appointments at the centres, can also be used to order free tickets on the STIB website by filling in a form.
Once the form has been completed, people will receive two unique codes by email, allowing them to print two free return tickets at any of the STIB vending machines, where the button “event pass” must be selected and the codes should be entered.
The company also emphasised that people with reduced mobility who use the STIB taxi service can get to the vaccination centre free of charge on the day of their appointment by booking their ride through the usual channels.
For those who do not have access to a computer, the vaccination invite will include a phone number to contact an operator who will help them with this process.