A week after they got the green light, the vaccination campaign for the Olympics began on Wednesday. It is the turn of the Belgian national team today, as did some coaches.
Red Lions, (part of) Belgian Cats, Pole Jumping Player Ben Broders, Taekwondo athlete Jawad Ashab, Swimmer Fanny Leclweise … … Hessel Vaccination Center. Vaccines have been reserved for 170 Olympic and 55 Paralympics for the Belgium team.
Gymnast Nina Druel laughed before entering: “I’m particularly curious, I’m feeling a little nervous.” “But I want to be happy with that first shot. I’ve already heard about a few people, some are upset and some just weren’t. So I don’t know how that will be for me. It’s basically a matter of waiting to train tomorrow. Some have their arms out, so. … that would be fun when it did. We didn’t schedule that either because we only got the email last weekend that we can come in today. There’s a little bit of tension because it’s a reality now. “
Druel, the two-time world champion and the person with coronavirus earlier this year, does not think it is unnatural for Olympic athletes to receive a vaccine. Despite the criticism. “I think it’s hard for people who are not interested in sports to understand how much we are looking forward to such an Olympics. I understand people are wondering why we get the priority, but I hope they see that we really appreciate it. Will this vaccine affect the Games? It’s something less to worry about. This means that we can focus more on training. “
“A little afraid of the side effects”
Fanny Licklewise and Victor Campinirts were also happy to receive an injection. “We are comfortable,” said the swimmer. “It could still happen long before the Games, which is a good thing. I wasn’t very interested in that, my main concern was my knee. But I’m glad I’m imagining the injury in Tokyo. That we as athletes get priority? I can very well imagine that people are opposing That, but for us this is important so that we can perform optimally. “
“I didn’t work very hard on that,” says Campinarts. “I think the Olympic Committee is doing its best. People love to watch the games, so I think they will be happy because the Belgians can be there with a nice delegation. Potential side effects? I’m a little afraid of that I have also set a rest day in my training schedule. I hope.” It shouldn’t be so bad, but it is better if you get the vaccination or not. “
“It is a good idea to make sure that no boy becomes seriously ill in the lead up to and during the Games,” said Red Leon Thomas Brilles. So we are very grateful that we will get vaccinated very quickly so that we can prepare well. Are you afraid of side effects? No, I contracted myself with the Coronavirus a month ago. Then I had a headache for a couple of days so it didn’t bother me too much. I don’t expect it now, but you never know. I’ve already heard people have had a fever for a week so I hope it isn’t because of a busy schedule ahead of us. “