This interval was reduced from 12 to 8 weeks in mid-May for those who received their first injection of AstraZeneca after May 31. It was then not possible to extend this measure to all because the doses of AstraZeneca available to Belgium were not sufficient. This decision led to a situation pointed out by some: younger people, who received their first dose later, were vaccinated completely before older people, considered more at risk.
Since then, AstraZeneca deliveries have accelerated, with 862,400 doses expected to arrive in the first three weeks of July. Thus, the vaccination task force now plans to shorten this interval for everyone. “With the promised deliveries, it would indeed be possible to give this second dose earlier. We will do everything in our power to make this happen. We can’t make any promises right now, but we’re working on it. Today and early next week, technical meetings are on the agenda “, assured Dirk Raemaekers at the head of the task force.
The epidemiologist, Pierre Van Damme, who is part of this working group supported this announcement by recalling that the two doses are necessary to be protected. “The question is very pressing. And we are working hard on a solution“, he said.