After the opinion of the vaccination task force, the health ministers have decided to open the vaccination against the coronavirus to 16-17 year olds, Flemish Minister Wouter Beke said on Saturday after the ad hoc interministerial conference. Currently, only the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech is approved for vaccination of 16 and 17 year olds.
“Vaccination of this target group will not have a direct impact on hospital figures. But through their contacts – which they also need -, they continue to participate in the circulation of the virus within their group but also between other age groups.“, reacts Wouter Beke.”If a sufficiently high vaccination rate can be achieved, this can, hopefully, also have an impact on contamination and consequently on the measures applied in their environment such as schools, youth movements, ….“
Under the Patient Rights Act, vaccination of 16 and 17 year olds does not require parental or guardian consent. However, vaccination against the virus remains voluntary.