November 30, 2021

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Coronavirus: Unvaccinated doctors in Belgium may lose their jobs from April 2022

The bill is expected to be voted on before the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

As of April 1, 2022, professionals and staff working in the Belgian healthcare system who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are at risk of not being able to do their jobs. This was stated on Monday by the Belgian news agency, referring to the statement of the Federal Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroek.

On Monday, the minister told members of the Federal Parliament that he had already submitted a new bill to the government in this regard.

Belga noted that, as the coronavirus pandemic continues, there have been discussions in the country for several months about compulsory vaccination of health workers, as the advisory committee is preparing a set of anti-epidemic measures for the government.

The bill is expected to be voted on before the end of this year or the beginning of next year. If such a law came into force, it would in practice lead to the loss of accreditation for healthcare professionals who refuse vaccination. The list of people involved is long: doctors, nurses, paramedics, first aid workers, pharmacists, etc.

In addition, districts will have to use their competencies to deal with cases of non-vaccination of non-medical personnel working in health facilities, such as logistics, administration, services, etc.

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