Mr. Stamatakis was head of the emergency department at Tivoli in La Louvière, expert at the SPF Santé and member of the cabinet of Laurette Onkelinx (PS) for six years. He will now coordinate the special Walloon Covid cell set up since October 2020 and will advise the Walloon executive on the vaccination strategy, as also announced by L’Avenir on Monday.
As the Covid delegate general, he says he is counting on the fact that all Walloons will have received a first dose by the end of June (even if the lowering of the minimum age from 18 to 16 years the campaign of a few weeks).
Beginning of the general public phase
Wallonia began fully on Monday the vaccination phase intended for the general public (phase 2). “Thanks to the significant increase in vaccine deliveries expected in May, this last major stage of the vaccination campaign will be able to move forward at a good pace,” Minister Morreale explained last Sunday. For the week of May 17, provided that all deliveries are confirmed, Wallonia will distribute nearly 200,000 doses of vaccine in the vaccination centers and branches deployed on its territory.
In total, 48% of the Walloon population aged 18 and over is now vaccinated with at least one dose and 16% had a full vaccination.
“In terms of the speed of the campaign, Wallonia is doing very well, even a little better than Flanders”, commented Federal Commissioner Corona Pedro Facon, interviewed on Sunday on the set of “It’s not every day Sunday” (RTL-TVI).
A major challenge: adherence to the vaccine
Lambert Stamatakis notes that the main stake will remain membership, especially among young people. “We have to get them to understand that even if the risk for them is lower, they will not be at peace until they are vaccinated. We will never force anyone, but the vaccine will be necessary to travel, go to restaurants, etc. People need to understand that it is in their best interests. This is civic action. Psychologically too, it makes you feel better. When I got my injection I said to myself: ‘I am saved’. “
According to the group of researchers from “Psychology and Corona” (UCLouvain, ULB and UGent), which has just released its thirtieth report of the motivation barometer in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, 75% of study respondents intended to be vaccinated in January. A figure that fell to 65% in May.
Alarming statement: 25% of respondents would refuse to be vaccinated. If this is a Belgian average, the difference between the language groups is obvious: 38% of unvaccinated French-speaking respondents say they intend to refuse the vaccine.
Among 18-35 year olds, 23% do not want to be vaccinated, against 25% among 36-55 and over 55 years.
Asked about community tensions relating to vaccination, Mr. Stamatakis notes that “all this is a bit futile”. “It’s true that whenever Francophones are a little late, there is always a nationalist to go out. And then, we pass by again and we no longer hear them. Now, this is all arithmetic. This week, we took two points on Flanders because they inject second doses and we inject the first. Next week, it will be the other way around, ”notes the delegate.
It also announces an ongoing rebalancing in the distribution of intra-Wallonia doses is therefore underway. At the end of the month, more new ‘lines’ will be opened to vaccinate more people in Charleroi than in Luxembourg, a province already very advanced in phase 2.
What is the status of vaccination in your municipality?
In the infographics below, you can find the number of cases reported in your town yesterday, since the start of the epidemic and since September 1 (start of the second wave).