In Belgium, the first residents and staff of residential care centers have already been vaccinated. But there is still a lot of reluctance. Especially the younger generation still has many questions. What are the side effects? Is it safe if the long-term effects aren’t known yet? Can different vaccines be “mixed”? Should people who have already been infected with COVID-19 also be vaccinated?
Clear information about how the vaccines work, their safety and the vaccination campaign is therefore essential.
Find out in our news item why COVID-19 vaccination is so important for you, your family and friends and learn more on the following COVID-19 vaccination topics:
- COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19
- COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection
- COVID-19 vaccination and protection against SARS-CoV-2 variants
- COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic
Below you can find some additional links to websites that can provide you with useful information:
Vaccine stories gathered in the vaccine dossier of the university of Ghent. Information on vaccine hesitancy, new vaccine technologies and vaccine testing.
Source: University of Ghent
Information on Belgian vaccination policy and corona vaccination campaign.
Source: Zorg en Gezondheid, Vlaamse Overheid
Informative movies to answer questions on COVID-19 in relation to different topics such as vaccines, immune system, epidemiology and psyche
Source: Universiteit Vlaanderen
Prof. Corinne Vandermeulen (KU Leuven) is a vaccinologist and is helping to overcome some vaccination myths.
What is nonsense and what is correct? Vaccinologist Pierre Van Damme lists facts and fiction.
Coronavirus Factchecker: Evidence – based information about corona and other medical reporting in the media
Source: Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (Cebam)
- https://www.fagg.be/nl/MENSELIJK_gebruik (NED, FR)
- Q&A on COVID-19 vaccines
- Supply of vaccines and vaccination materials
- Pharmacovigilance of COVID-19 vaccins
- Q&A on side effects and monitoring of health products
Het Belang van Limburg organized a live question time together with Hasselt University on Tuesday 9 February.
Here you will receive answers to all questions about vaccination centers and vaccination strategy.
Source: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Information on potential treatments and vaccines under investigation, including ongoing clinical trials and observational studies in the EU.
Source: The European Medicines Agency (EMA)
Findings of a global study to track public sentiment and emotions around current and potential measures to contain and treat COVID-19.
Source : Vaccine confidence project
COVID-19 treatment and vaccine tracker.
Source: Milken Institute
The Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker. Information on the vaccines currently tested or approved, the different types of vaccines, how they work, the clinical data,…
Source: The New York Times
Information on the different types of COVID-19 vaccines and all you want to know about mRNA vaccines.
CEPI, Gavi and the WHO have launched COVAX to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Source: CEPI – COVAX
- Interdisciplinary Symposium on COVID-19 (by VIB)
June 24, 2021 – Online
- Vaccines for COVID19 and other Emerging Pathogens (by ENOVA)
July 14, 2021 – Online
- European Matchmaking event – Development and production of COVID-19 therapeutics
July 12-13, 2021 – Online
Flanders Vaccine 3rd webinar on COVID-19 vaccines (March 11 2021), discussing their efficacy & safety and impact of the SARS-CoV-2 variants on the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines in Europe.
Speakers and panelists: Prof Jean-Michel Dogné (University of Namur), Prof Piet Maes (Rega Institute, KU Leuven), Dr. Marco Cavaleri (EMA), Dr. Johan Van Hoof (Janssen Vaccines) and Dr. Stephen Lockhart (Pfizer).
Flanders Vaccine offered a platform to its members from academia and industry to share up-to-date scientific information on the special road to a vaccine or treatment to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The first webinar focussed on the pre-clinical and clinical research for an unknown virus.
Speakers: Prof. Pierre Van Damme (UAntwerp), Prof. Johan Neyts (KU Leuven), Prof. Hans Nauwynck (UGhent), Dr. Johan Van Hoof (Janssen Vaccines) and Dr. Christian Lenz (Pfizer).
The contribution of our Belgian experts in the race for a vaccine or treatment to fight COVID-19 has been addressed in the second Flanders Vaccine webinar.
Speakers: Wim Tiest (eTheRNA), Prof. Bart Lambrecht (UZ Ghent/VIB), Prof. Xavier Saelens (UGhent/VIB) and Dr. Jamila Louahed (GSK).
Read the Press Release
The university of Hasselt, in collaboration with the UCLL and PXL, organised an online session on “Vaccination in the fight against COVID-19”. An introductory lecture by Prof. Jeroen van der Hilst, infectiologist, was followed by a Q&A session with, in addition to Prof. van der Hilst, professors Niel Hens and Piet Stinissen as experts in epidemiology and immunology respectively. (NED)