towards a fourth dose for immunocompromised people?

More than nine out of ten people are vaccinated in the health care sector in Belgium. Since January 1, anyone working in this field has three months to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. In total, 91% already have a complete vaccination schedule (two doses). They are only 75% in the Brussels Region against 86% in Wallonia and 95% in Flanders, according to data communicated on Saturday by the Vaccination taskforce.

This specifies that the statistics are based on a database (CoBRHA) containing all persons holding a health professional diploma. Some with such a diploma do not necessarily practice a health profession on a daily basis. The number of people in this sector is estimated at 540,000.

Fourth dose considered for a category

Regarding children, the taskforce specified that 30,228 aged 5 to 11 had already been vaccinated, mainly in Flanders since Wallonia only started the pilot phase of this campaign this week.

Immunocompromised people aged 12 or over are mostly covered by the additional dose of vaccine (92.2%), but this public, representing 325,000 people, may be called again in February for a “fourth” dose.

Israel has already begun, at the beginning of the year, to administer a fourth dose to its immunocompromised population. Brazil and Chile also plan to do so. In Belgium, the Superior Health Council has yet to decide on this subject.

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