“Studies are still underway on this,” he said. “Maybe it will only be for the high-risk groups, but we are still taking into account that it could be for everyone.”
The Taskforce has been working on the practical issue of this extra round of vaccinations, which is called “phase 3.”
“The aim is to work the Covid vaccination into the regular system. There will still be vaccination centres at first, but instead of the current 150, there will perhaps be one or two per province,” Ramaekers said. “The work will shift to GPs, home nurses, company doctors and pharmacists. How all this will work out, we are still investigating.”
He raised the issue of how one single patient cannot just go to the doctor for their shot, as one vial of a vaccine contains several that have to be administered as soon as possible, which “remains annoying.”
Last week, the European Commission signed a contract with the Pfizer pharmaceutical company for the delivery of 1.8 billion vaccines, which will be adapted to better protect against new variants, by the end of 2023.