The Flemish government called on cities and municipalities on Friday to take the lead once again in the vaccination campaign and shift the pace. “We will act on it immediately. We have already started preparations and the Supreme Government guarantees us that the vaccines are available,” responds Mayor Michaels Alexander Vandersmessen (Vld-Groen-m+).
Initially, the Mechelen-Katelijne vaccination center was active in Nekkerhal, but a good month ago it was placed in the former emergency department of the old hospital in Zwartzustersvest. Thousands of people over the age of 65 have received a third shot at Covid-19 there. “We want to organize a booster dose like this for the entire population as quickly as possible. We want to start working on that in December,” Vandersmessen says.
Up to ten vaccination lines
There are currently four vaccination lines on the former hospital campus, half of the number in Neckerhall. In order to expand again, the Primary Care District had to find a new location. Found it in Guido Gezelelaan, where many shops have been vacant since the opening of the Malinas shopping park.
Furnishing of the former Baby-Dump store will begin in the first half of December. “Owners and tenants make the properties available for retail sale. An area of 2,000 square meters allows us to expand up to ten vaccination lines. At least eight of them are already in the start-up phase. At least eight of them are already in the start-up phase.
An added advantage, especially for out-of-town visitors, is that there is enough parking space on the premises. Public buses also stop nearby.