Brussels to open up vaccination to all adults, under -16s can register on waiting list
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Brussels to open up vaccination to all adults, under -16s can register on waiting list

Pacheco vaccination centre in Brussels. Credit: Belga

All residents of Brussels aged over 18 can make an appointment to get a coronavirus vaccine from Friday evening and people aged over 16 can register on the waiting list.

As of Friday at 6:00 PM, the Bruvax platform will allow people aged over 18 (born in 2003 or before) to register for a coronavirus vaccine at one of the ten centres, the Joint Community Commission (Cocom) confirmed to Bruzz. 

“We recommend everyone to do so through the Bruvax platform, but we expect a lot of traffic on that platform, so it may be necessary to try a few times,” said Cocom spokesperson Fatima Boudjaoui.

From Saturday, signing up via the call centre, which can be reached at 02/214.19.19, is possible as well.

On Thursday evening, all 200,000 over -18s in the region, who since last Friday could register on the reserve list, received an email and SMS to register for a vaccine.

Meanwhile, 16- and 17-year-olds can register to be put on the waiting list.

Although this means the Brussels vaccination campaign is now making its final stride to the finish line, there is still a long way to go, as the vaccination coverage in the region is lower than all other regions in Belgium.

In Brussels, just 46% of adults have received a shot, which is lower than in Flanders (66%), Wallonia (64%) and the German-speaking region (67%), according to the latest data from Public Health Institute Sciensano. 

On Thursday, four medical centres in Brussels joined the vaccination campaign and will be able to administer coronavirus vaccines to their patients as part of a pilot project aimed at increasing the overall vaccination coverage in the region and reaching the most difficult target groups.

On Friday, those aged 41 and older can get vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, of which only one dose is needed, without making an appointment at the Woluwe-Saint-Pierre centre, until 8:30 PM.

Meanwhile, the vaccination centre Pacheco near Botanique will welcome all over-18s are welcome between 5:00 and 10:00 PM to get vaccinated, but an appointment is required.

Next week, the vaccination capacity will be expanded to 88,000 people, Inge Neven of the Brussels Health Inspectorate confirmed.

“Thanks to a new delivery from Pfizer and some extra doses that we are recovering from the other regions, we will have another record week,” she told Bruzz.

The Brussels Times