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Belgian prison vaccination timeline satisfies union

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Belgium’s proposed schedule for vaccinating prison staff and inmates has been approved by the union, after threats of a strike if nothing had changed.

“The first doses will be injected in May and the second in June on a voluntary basis,” Grégory Wallez, federal secretary of the CGSP Prisons, said on Thursday.

At a consultation meeting last week, the unions had asked for precise timing of the first vaccinations. “We are very satisfied. The occupational health service has proposed a very concrete timetable,” added Wallez.

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However, the strike notice filed in mid-April to demand priority vaccination is still pending. “We are waiting to see if the timetable is respected,” he added.

Vaccination centres will be set up in 10 different prisons: five in Flanders (Bruges, Ghent, Hasselt, Louvain and Merksplas) and five in Wallonia (Lantin, Andenne, Ittre, Marche-en-Famenne and Leuze-en-Hainaut).