Vaccine: UK 'taken more seriously' by EU claims expertThe European Commission and Parliament, as well as Nato, will vaccinate their own staff in Br
Vaccine: UK ‘taken more seriously’ by EU claims expert
The European Commission and Parliament, as well as Nato, will vaccinate their own staff in Brussels, it has been announced. With more than 32,000 permanent and contracted staff at the Commission alone, the vaccination effort is set to be a gigantic task. Around 7,500 people work at the Parliament and another 4,000 at Nato on a full-time basis.
Each employee will be vaccinated in line with Belgium’s domestic strategy for rolling out coronavirus jabs.
The institutions have reached an agreement with regional health authorities to go at it alone.
Brussels health inspector Inge Neven told BX1: “For vaccinations, we treat them like we do a large hospital, where we deliver the vaccine quota, and people are vaccinated on the spot.
“This way, they do not have to come to the structures that we organise for the rest of Brussels people, but they organise it all by themselves.”
Eurocrats set to receive jabs from special EU coronavirus vaccine centres
EU chiefs reached out to the Brussels Capital-Region at the end of last year to suggest opening vaccine centres for eurocrats and Nato officials.
Ms Never added: “So, three additional places are currently being organised.
“We are in contact about the important parts, but they organise the logistics themselves.
“For us, it also concerns a population that is sometimes difficult to reach, so somewhere it is good that they are taking the lead.”
MEPs are set to be jabbed at a special EU Parliament vaccine centre
EU officials will be vaccinated in line with Brussels’ overall schedule, which was drawn up by the region’s top health chiefs.
Jabs will start to be dished out to eurocrats at the beginning of next month, meaning they will not receive any doses before regular people in Brussels.
The doses for staff members registered as residents in Belgium will be taken from the country’s vaccine quota.
Explaining the scheme to EU Parliament officials, the institution’s top eurocrat Klaus Welle said MEPs and staff over 65 would be eligible to receive the jab at the Parliament’s facility, which “will be designed to optimise people’s safety”.
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Vaccinations will also be offered to those over 45 if they have pre-existing medical conditions, such as “obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular, lung, kidney and liver disease or recent cancers”, he said in a memo to staff.
In an internal memo, seen by Express.co.uk, Parliament officials claim they are preparing to procure vaccines for MEPs and staff members.
It said: “Parliament’s Medical Service is following the situation closely.
“It has asked public health authorities to actively participate in the campaigns in the three workplaces with the view to secure access to vaccination for Members and staff including family members.”
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Mr Welle announced the Parliament was also working on a “solidarity” project to help offer jabs to the general public.
“Talks are also ongoing with the Brussels region to provide additional space for their vaccination centres on the EP premises,” according to the Politico website, his note said.
“A final location is still to be determined.”
Belgium is hoping to offer jabs to 70 percent of its population by the end of the summer.
Care home residents and staff, health care workers are top of the list to receive a Covid vaccination.
In March, they will shift strategy to offer jabs to over 65s and at-risk over 45s.