Currently, while continuing to make progress in this area, the Brussels Region is lagging behind in terms of vaccination percentage compared to the other two Regions. According to Ms. Neven, we exceeded 61-62% in the first dose. We have reached 80% for 65+ and we exceed 70% for 45-64 year olds, but we remain in the red for the lower age categories. The challenge to be taken up therefore still concerns the youngest age categories where we also find the highest rates of contamination (470 per 100,000 inhabitants among 20-29 year olds).
“Our vaccination figures are a little underestimated due to the presence of 35% of the population who have dual nationality. Many of these people have been vaccinated in other countries and can claim this vaccination if the product is recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) “, she added. The head of the hygiene inspection service, however, stressed that binationals can also mention their vaccination with another product because some could still be validated later.
Cocom therefore invites them to contact their attending physician to register.
“We could have 4 or 5% of this population which is already vaccinated, without our knowing it, but I would not put my hand in the fire to certify this figure”, she qualified, specifying that the information to this comments go back to CoCom via the call center and via the municipalities.
In addition, Cocom is continuing the process of decentralization of vaccination that it started a few weeks ago.
The Heysel vaccination center which injected more than 250,000 doses will be closed from August 12. At the beginning of September, only the Pacheco, Forest, Molenbeek and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre centers will remain in operation.
Take over: five vacci-buses operational six days a week in different parts of the city; vaccination spaces open from time to time in different places (companies, administrations, even a place of worship like this church in Molenbeek where it will be possible to be vaccinated during the next weekend); and general practitioners in whom the operation launched during the holiday period has so far not attracted many candidates.