Belgium to track national motivation to follow coronavirus measures
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Belgium to track national motivation to follow coronavirus measures

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A Flanders-wide survey studying people’s motivation to comply with coronavirus measures is being expanded to Brussels and Wallonia.

The survey, known as the motivation barometer, was set up by the University of Ghent (UGent) and has been studying people’s motivation to comply with the rules in Flanders since March.

The expansion has backing from the federal government, and several French-speaking partners are being involved.

In the coming weeks, the focus will be on the motivation to get vaccinated against coronavirus, with the goal to “deliver targeted advice to policy makers” through the population’s responses, according to Vincent Yzerbyt of UCLouvain.

According to the latest available figures, nearly three in four (73%) Flemish people say they are willing to get vaccinated.

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Belgium started its official coronavirus vaccination rollout on Tuesday after a week of pilot tests in various nursing homes.

Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said on Tuesday that he and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have asked Belgium’s vaccination task force to revise the vaccination strategy, after criticism in recent days that Belgium’s vaccination campaign had started off too slow.

Belgium currently only has one vaccine available – the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine – as it is the only one currently recommended for approval by the European Medicines Organisation (EMA) and approved by the European Commission.

That could change soon, however, as EMA is likely to issue an advice on Moderna‘s coronavirus vaccine today.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times