Brussels is shortening the time between the two doses of AstraZeneca, to eight weeks instead of 12.
En Brussels-Capital Region, the time between the administration of the first and the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine has been reduced from twelve to eight weeks. The Brussels health inspectorate received the green light from the vaccination task force, announced Inge Neven on Monday during the weekly press conference of the Common Community Commission (Cocom). It is still unclear whether Flanders and Wallonia will follow this option.
“We are doing it so that we can deliver two doses a little faster now. We heard that there was a demand because the three-month waiting period was an inconvenience for many people, ”says Neven. “We definitely believe that this allows us to fill the various appointments more quickly. It’s true, ”she adds.
47,023 doses administered in Brussels
In Brussels, a record number of 47,023 doses were administered last week and no less than 63,400 vaccines will be available next week. The available time slots are filling up well, but Coccom wants to avoid an excess of stock. In Brussels, the age limit for people who can be vaccinated is dropping faster than in Flanders and Wallonia, in particular because the population is younger there. All people over the age of 45 received their invitation to be vaccinated by text or email on Sunday and will receive a letter this week. People aged 41 to 45 can register on the waiting list via the Brussels registration platform Bruvax.
3 million Belgians vaccinated
Nationally, Sciensano data indicates that more than 3 million Belgians have been vaccinated at least once. The counter now stands at 3,055,382, which corresponds to 26.6% of the population. In addition, 829,376 people have already received a second dose. The Minister assures him: “The entire adult population of age to be vaccinated will be able to be vaccinated by July. “