Shops, schools, places of worship: Brussels is increasing the number of vaccination sites to catch up
The Region wants to administer 16,000 doses per week to catch up.
THEhe Brussels Region has set itself the goal of administering 16,000 first doses of vaccine against the coronavirus per week as of the start of the school year to catch up with the other regions, announced Tuesday the Minister of Health, Alain Maron, and the responsible for the fight against covid for the Common Community Commission (Cocom), Inge Neven.
Last Friday, the capital chose not to relax a series of different health measures in Flanders and Wallonia. The vaccination rate remains too low, particularly in the younger categories of the population. The Region has decided to intensify its action to try to reach a rate of 65% of the population having received a first dose of vaccine at the end of October and the same proportion having received the second dose a few weeks later.
A new strategy
This intensification is based on four vaccination centers plus three local branches already active and three others in preparation, as well as the Mobivax team targeting specific audiences such as the homeless and bedridden. The novelty lies in the awareness and in the vaccination which will be carried out in specific places such as large companies, administrations and SMEs (by the occupational physician or a fixed vaccination point), as well as supermarkets. From September 3, an action starts in the Ikea car park in Anderlecht and is being prepared with other brands. Secondary schools, universities and colleges are also concerned. An awareness letter will be requested from parents, information sessions will be organized and finally several vaccination formulas will be offered: either in vaccination centers, or via a vaccibus (photo) or in a local branch, or in schools, or even specific modalities that will be applied in specialized schools. Antennas will also be opened in care establishments.
Brussels is counting on social actions in the field in order to prepare and become aware of the digital vaccination of a population of information by the divide and the increasing elimination of public counters. For example, this will involve informing and establishing a dialogue informally before a vaccine goes through a neighborhood. About thirty workers are hard at work and have already carried out actions in twelve municipalities and 50 neighborhoods, affecting a majority of people in half a day, explained the secretary general of the Federation of Social Services, Céline Nieuwenhuys.
Expanded Covid Safe Ticket
On Friday, the consultation committee agreed that the Regions could extend the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (a form of health pass) in municipalities where the vaccination rate is less than 70%. This is a “possibility”, insisted Mr. Maron, which will depend on the rate of vaccination, contamination and filling hospitals, and which could be implemented before the end of October … as never to be Implementation. “We agree (with Minister-President Vervoort) on the fact that the door should not be closed, but only if it is useful and timely, and it will be necessary to put markers”, he added.
The situation will be assessed during the month of September. If the Brussels Region decided on Friday not to relax most health measures, it is to avoid repeating last year’s re-entry scenario. “During the last National Security Council of Sophie Wilmès, a relaxation was decided as the situation deteriorated. This led to a very violent second wave, ”Mr. Maron recalled.
Brussels is also witnessing an intensification of checks on return from travel in the red zone, in particular at airports. The positivity rate of travelers is increasing and is higher than the average rate in Brussels. For example, it climbs to 11.3% for returns from Morocco.