Health Minister Frank Vandenbroek (Forweet) is an outspoken supporter of vaccinating children, once the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gives permission to do so. “I hope we can vaccinate children aged 6-11 from January. We are waiting for the green light from Europe. If that is possible, I think we will,” Vandenbroek said on the current affairs program “Jeudi en prime” on the French-speaking station RTBF. We must do that.”
The Minister also supports the mouth mask in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades of primary education. Because of the high rate of spread of the virus, he said, we have to re-establish the culture of mouth masks, including at school. We expected this fourth wave, but it wasn’t strong. “We underestimated the virus’ contagion,” Vandenbroek said. “Without the vaccine, it would have been an unprecedented disaster.”
He said that the vaccine protects against serious diseases, but does not slow the spread of the virus. According to him, this is leading to the increase in hospitalizations we are seeing now, with 472 patients in intensive care. “We will cross the critical threshold of 500 people in intensive care.”
The fact that there are also vaccinated patients in intensive care is due to the high prevalence of the virus. As a result, older adults with weakened immune systems are still affected, Minister Vandenbroek said.