An additional boost to an exemplary vaccination campaign in Europe. We will now have to pass the summer course when the administration of the second doses will be crucial.
LBelgium is now ahead of Denmark and is preparing to overtake Finland. A nod to the news when we are not talking here about Euro football but about the European vaccination campaign. With nearly 67% of its adult population vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine, Belgium is in the top 5 of European countries and for a week now, it holds the first place of the countries which administer the most vaccines per capita: 1.23 vaccine administered per 100 inhabitants. Figures that must be welcomed as the bet was not won, our country even distinguished itself internationally by its empty vaccination centers at the start of the campaign. Let’s be honest, part of the performance is purely logistical: the campaign has accelerated as the vaccines have arrived. At this stage, our country has received 9,440,000 doses of vaccines, mainly Pfizer (6,270,000 doses) followed by Astrazeneca (1,900,000 doses), Moderna (890,000 doses) and Janssen (380,000 doses).
Not only have all these doses been administered so far, but there have been even more, since at this stage 9,640,000 doses of vaccines have already been injected into us. How? ‘Or’ What ? Thanks to the immediate use of a low dead volume syringe which made it possible, when possible, to withdraw one or another additional dose from the vaccine vials which should normally contain 6 for Pfizer or 10 for Moderna. 200,000 people were therefore able to benefit from this trick quickly spotted in Belgium, which massively bought these special syringes at the start of the vaccination campaign before other countries did the same.
Astrazeneca: deadline reduced to 8 weeks for all
If the bottles continue to be used to the maximum of their capacities today, the prospects for future deliveries point to a calm summer. Nearly 5 million doses will still be received by the end of July. What confirm the administration of the first dose in the youngest. “We are delighted to see that the younger population is just as enthusiastic about vaccination,” says Sabine Stordeur, co-head of the vaccination task force. We should also achieve very high levels of protection among them. “
The summer will be crucial in more than one way because it will be necessary to juggle the holidays of the Belgians and convince them not to miss their second dose of vaccine. “The latest data received from England show the importance of having two doses to be protected against the Delta variant,” says pharmacovigilance expert Jean-Michel Dogné. Whether or not you have done the covid, the safest way is to have a complete vaccination schedule. “
In this perspective and thanks to the arrival by the end of June of 700,000 doses of Astrazeneca, the regions will be able to allow those who had to wait a period of 3 months before receiving their second dose, to reduce this interval at 8 weeks. “The regions will communicate on the terms but the choice will be left to those who have already scheduled their holidays according to their planned appointment,” explains Sabine Stordeur. The system will undoubtedly go through QVax or Bruvax where people will be able to change themselves their meeting date. A possibility that will also increase more quickly the rate of people fully vaccinated in our country.