Combined with the sanitary measures, vaccination against COVID-19 is the fastest and most effective way to contain the pandemic. This is why the Services of the United College of the Cocom’s Administration have opened about ten vaccination centers on the territory of the Brussels Region. The goal is to vaccinate at least 70% of the Brussels population to reach herd immunity. Find out where the COVID-19 vaccination centers are located and check out the different phases of the vaccination plan. We also explain how the coronavirus vaccine is administered.

Do you have practical questions about the organization of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the Brussels-Capital Region? You’ll find all the information you need on this page.

How can I make an appointment to be vaccinated against the coronavirus?

Did you receive an invitation or were you born in 1990 or before?
Book an appointment in the vaccination center of your choice on Bru-Vax, or call our call center on 02 214 19 19.
Were you born in 2003 or before?
Register on the waiting list via Bru-Vax or the le call center.

  • Availability of our call center:

Monday                     9am – 5.30pm
Tuesday                    9am – 5.30pm
Wednesday              9am – 5.30pm
Thursday                  9am – 5.30pm
Friday                        9am – 5.30pm
Saturday                  10am – 5.30pm
Sunday                     10am – 5.30pm

To avoid long waiting times, please call after 11am on weekdays or during the weekend.

  • You will receive your invitation to be vaccinated by letter, email or SMS (sent from the number 8811). It will contain a link to the appointment platform and a set of instructions on how to make an appointment.

  • However, you do not have to wait until you receive this invitation. You can register using your national registration number or BIS number and your postal code. Based on that, the system will determine whether you are already eligible for vaccination. If it is not your turn yet, a notification will pop up.

  • For more information on who is currently eligible for vaccination, click here, or follow our  Facebook page.

  • On the reservation platform, you can choose a vaccination center and a date and time for your first appointment.

  • After confirming this appointment, you will receive a confirmation email, which you can print out if you wish.

In the confirmation of your appointment, a second appointment will be proposed automatically, within the planned time span between doses 1 and 2. You can choose a different date and time within this interval.

When you check in at the vaccination center, you have to show your ID-card and/or your confirmation (on your smartphone or on paper).

  • For general questions about vaccines and vaccination, you can contact the federal call center on 0800 14 689.

  • Do you have questions about your personal coronavirus vaccination or would you like to make/change an appointment? Call our call center on 02/214.19.19.

  • For medical questions, please contact your general practitioner. If you don’t have a GP, you can call 1710.

  • Thanks to STIB/MIVB, you can go to the COVID vaccination center for free! Interested in this offer? Find out on this page what you need to do to get your 2 free tickets.

STIB/MIVB has added all Brussels vaccination centers to its online journey planner.

This section will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

Which COVID-19 vaccination centers are there in Brussels?

 

Vaccination centers are medical facilities that are set up temporarily to ensure rapid and effective vaccination. The Brussels-Capital Region has about ten vaccination centers, strategically located across the territory to reach the largest possible number of Brussels residents. Depending on the number of visitors, a vaccination point may open or be temporarily closed.

These vaccination points will have a final capacity of 375,000 vaccinations per month, with between 5 and 20 vaccination boxes and a maximum capacity of almost 900 to 4,000 vaccinations per day per center. Eventually, all centers will be open 12 hours a day, at least 6 days a week (it is expected that some will be open 7 days a week).

Below, you will find the complete list of all vaccination centers in the Brussels-Capital Region where you can get your coronavirus vaccine. All our vaccination centers are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

  • Open since 2 February 2021:

    • Pacheco (Testing and vaccination center – Boulevard Pachéco-Pachecolaan, 42 in 1000 Brussels). 
      This vaccination center is accessible by metro lines 2 and 6 (stop Rogier or Botanique/Kruidtuin), bus lines 61, 270, 271, 272, 470 and 620 (stop Botanique/Kruidtuin) and tram lines 3, 4, 25, 32, 55 (stop Rogier), 92 and 93 (stop Botanique/Kruidtuin), or by train via Brussels-Congress station (at 120m from the vaccination point). If you come by car, you can park in the nearby car parks City 2, Rogier and Passage 44.
  • Open since 16 February 2021:

    • Heysel (Event Hall 1, Heysel – Avenue Impératrice Charlotte-Keizerin Charlottelaan, 6,1020 Laken). 
      You can reach this vaccination point by metro line 6 (stop Heysel/Heizel), by tram line 7 (stop Heysel/Heizel), or by bus lines 14 and 83 (stop Heysel/Heizel). If you come by car, you can park in the Heysel car park.

  • Open since 15 March 2021: 
    • Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (Joli-Bois/Mooi Bos – Drève des Shetlands-Shetlanderdreef 15, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre). 
      This vaccination point can be reached by STIB/MIVB bus line 36 (stop Manoir d’Anjou) or De Lijn bus lines 544, 547, 548, 555 or 556 (stop Mater Dei).

    • Schaarbeek (Sports hall Crossing – Avenue du Suffrage Universel-Algemeen Stemrechtlaan 22, 1030 Schaarbeek). 
      This vaccination point can be reached by bus line56 (stops Voltaire or Crossing) and bus line 66 (stops Crossing or Louis Bertrand) or by tram 7 (stop Louis Bertrand).

    • Molenbeek (Chaussée de Gand-Gentsesteenweg 696, 1080 Molenbeek).
      Ce point de vaccination est accessible via le tram 82 (arrêt Van Zande ou Cimetière de Molenbeek) ou via les bus 49 et 53 (arrêt Cimetière de Molenbeek).

    • Forest (Testing & vaccination center Albert – The entrance/exit for vaccination is situated at Chaussée d’Alsemberg-Alsembergsesteenweg 203, 1190 Forest. The entrance/exit for the vaccination of people with reduced mobility (PMR) and for testing is situated at avenue Jupiter-Jupiterlaan 201, 1190 Forest.).  
      This vaccination point can be reached by bus lines 48, 54, 37, or 70 or by tram lines 3,4 and 51 (stop Albert). The BePark – Parking Albert 2 (Match Forest) is also in the vicinity for those coming by car.

  • ­Open since 22 March 2021 : 

    • Anderlecht (RSCA – Avenue Théo Verbeeck-Theo Verbeekclaan 2, 1070 Anderlecht).
      You can reach this vaccination point with bus line 46 of STIB/MIVB or bus lines 116, 117, 118, 140, 571, 572 or 810 of De Lijn (stop De Linde Plein). If you come by car, you can park on the nearby car parks at Avenue Théo Verbeeck-Theo Verbeecklaan, 10 or 12.

    • Woluwe-Saint-Lambert (Poseidon – Avenue des Vaillants-Dapperenlaan 2, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert).  
      This vaccination point is accessible via bus line 28 (stop Tomberg) or metro line 1 (stop Tomberg).

    • Uccle/Ukkel (Rue Égide Van Ophem-Egide van Ophemstraat 110, 1180 Uccle). 
      This vaccination point can be reached by train via Uccle Calevoet station (at 330m from the vaccination point), by tram line 4 (Egide Van Ophem stop) and by bus lines 153, 154, 155 (Hercule Poirot stop) or 575 (Egide Van Ophem stop) from De Lijn.

  • Open since 3 May 2021: 

    • Military Hospital (Rue Bruyn-Bruynstraat 1, 1120 Neder-over-Heembeek)
      You can reacht his vaccination point with bus lines 47, 53, 56 and 57 (stop Hôpital Militaire; or SAO/DOO or DGHR Domaine Militaire/Militair Domein (only for line 47) or stop Mercator (only for lines 56 and 57)). The Military Hospital’s car park is also nearby for those coming by car.

STIB/MIVB has added all Brussels vaccination centers to its online journey planner.

Thanks to STIB/MIVB, you can go to the COVID vaccination center for free! Interested in this offer? Find out on this page what you need to do to get your 2 free tickets.

How is the coronavirus vaccine administered?

Check-in at the vaccination center 

  • Register at the vaccination point with your QR code (on smartphone or paper) and your identity card.

  • Your temperature will be taken (if it is above 38°C, you can’t get your shot).

  • The vaccinator will administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

Observation: waiting room of the vaccination center

  • After having received your vaccine, you may rest in the waiting room. You have to stay there for 15 to 30 minutes for observation.

  • Your vaccination is registered on VaccinNet.

  • After you have been vaccinated, the details of your vaccination will appear in your medical record, that you can consult on https://www.ehealth.fgov.be or https://www.masanté.belgique.be/ (available in French, Dutch or German).

Check-out of the vaccination center

  • You can leave the vaccination center.

  • This section will be updated as new information becomes available.

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What are the phases of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in the Brussels-Capital Region?

The goal is to vaccinate at least 70% of the Brussels population according to a set schedule (for more details, see below).

The Brussels vaccination strategy is based on the recommendations of the federal and inter-federal working groups, as well as on the advice of the Superior Health Council and various medical and field experts. In addition, the strategy also takes into account the epidemiological situation, allowing it to adapt itself to the specificities of Brussels.

The priority of the Brussels-Capital Region is to make sure there is a reliable and effective vaccine for all Brussels residents. To this end, Belgium is participating in the European Commission’s centralized purchasing procedure, meaning pre-orders have been signed with several vaccine manufacturers. However, during the first phases, the number of available vaccines will be limited and this will remain so until the manufacturers are able to increase their production. Moreover, most of the vaccines require the administration of two doses, with a certain time span between each injection.

Currently, the Covid-19 vaccination campaign is planned in 3 phases.

Please note: the phases mentioned below may be modified according to the decisions of the Federal Task Force Vaccination and the IMC (Interministerial Conference on Public Health).

Increased flexibility for the administration of the 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine

As the supply of Pfizer vaccines is currently stable, the Cocom has reduced its buffer stock for the 2nd doses to a maximum of one week. This has made extra doses of the vaccine available, which can be administered more quickly.

Depending on the epidemiological situation, the administration of the 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine could be postponed, from 21 to 35 days. The European Medicines Agency has given a positive opinion on administering a second dose after 35 days, and there is no legal objection. The IMC has therefore approved an extension of the delay to 35 days. The second dose will therefore be maintained in order to guarantee optimal protection of those who are vaccinated, including against new variants.

How is Covid-19 vaccination of high-risk patients organized?

When are high-risk patients vaccinated against the coronavirus?

Vaccination of patients who are at risk for Covid-19started in mid-April. As with the other priority groups, we also work from old to young within this group: first the 60-64 year old group is vaccinated, and then we descend in age until all risk patients have been vaccinated. At the same time, the general population aged 18-64 is invited gradually, also starting with the oldest people.

Who is eligible for priority vaccination as a high-risk patient?

People who are eligible for priority vaccination are between 18 and 64 years of age, with a certain disease or co-morbidity for which scientific evidence suggests that it increases their risk of developing a serious form of Covid-19, being hospitalized or dying because of the disease.

More specifically, we are talking about the following categories of people:

Patients from 45 to 64 years old with:

  • severe chronic respiratory disease

  • chronic cardiovascular disease

  • obesity (BMI ≥ 30)

  • type I or II diabetes

  • chronic neurological disorders

  • dementia

  • cancer (tumors) diagnosed in the last 5 years;

  • high blood pressure: at least mmHG systolic or at least 90 mmHG diastolic.

Patients aged from 18 to 64 years old with:

  • hematological cancer (e.g. leukemia)*

  • transplant patients (including those on the waiting list)*

  • certain rare diseases * (see Orphanet list: https://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/Disease_Search_List.php?lng=EN)

  • chronic kidney disease for at least 3 months*

  • chronic liver disease for at least 6 months

  • Down syndrome

  • disturbed immune system i.e. suffering from an immunodeficiency or using immunosuppressants

  • active HIV/AIDS.

For conditions marked with an *, vaccination is organized in collaboration with the treating specialist, who will coordinate it with the general practitioner.

How are the lists of high-risk patients drawn up?

The lists of high-risk patients are established by combining data from different sources. During this process, privacy is respected.

  • The Cancer Register compiles a list of patients who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last five years.

  • Mutual health insurance companies (“mutualités”) make a list of their eligible members, based on a number of indicators (e.g. medication use).

  • General practitioners make a selection from their patients’ medical records. They have been gradually adding patients to this list since 2 April, and can add new patients to the list at any time.

  • A number of specialists compile lists of people with certain rare conditions.

All these lists are merged into one single list in a secure central register: the ‘Vaccination Code Database’.
Those who appear on more than one list, will only included once. The only information contained in the database is ‘this person is at risk’. It contains no information whatsoever about the specific condition.

How can you check if you are on the list of people at risk?

You do not have to call your doctor to find out. Since 8 April 2021, you can check for yourself whether you are on the list of people at risk via www.myhealthviewer.be (in French or Dutch) or https://www.masante.belgique.be (available in French, Dutch and German).

Since 8 April 2021, you can also visit the website of your mutual health insurance fund (“mutualité”) for general information on the subject. Your family pharmacist can also give you information on the selection procedure of high-risk patients and on your personal situation. However, neither your mutual health insurance fund (“mutualité”) nor your pharmacist can put you on the vaccination list.

If you have a regular general practitioner who keeps your Global Medical Record (GMR) up to date, you don’t have to do anything. You can just wait for your invitation.

Are you not on the list, but are you at an increased risk? Then it is best to make contact your regular GP. He or she can add you to the list of high-risk patients, even after April. If you don’t have a regular GP, it is recommended that you make an appointment with a GP of your choice, so that he or she can draw up a medical file and add you to the list.

Where will high-risk patients get their coronavirus vaccine?

The majority of vaccinations will take place in a vaccination center.

There are some exceptions to this rule:

  • People who are bedridden and/or have strict medical indications (e.g. a severe psychiatric disorder, a severe physical disability) and who are unable to leave their place of residence under normal circumstances. They are eligible for vaccination at home by the vaccination center’s mobile team or their general practitioner.

  • All patients with a condition marked with an * in the list above. Their treating specialist will take the initiative for vaccination. For example, chronic hemodialysis patients are vaccinated at their dialysis center, under the coordination of a nephrologist.

If you think you might qualify for vaccination at home, you should contact your GP. He or she will check whether you are indeed eligible for home vaccination. If so, your GP will come and vaccinate you at your home. If this is not possible, the mobile team of the vaccination center can do it.

Coronavirus vaccines for pregnant women

If, as a pregnant woman, you suffer from conditions such as an increased BMI before pregnancy, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc., this is an additional argument for recommending vaccination. This is also the case with an increased risk of infection (e.g. among healthcare workers).

  • Since 4 May, your general practitioner can indicate that you are a priority for Covid-19 vaccination, by putting you on the list of risk patients. You can then expect an invitation very soon, because we already started inviting high-risk patients in April.

Please note: you are not automatically designated as high-risk patient. You have to request this from your GP. However, we do recommend that you do so before the third trimester of your pregnancy.

  • As a pregnant woman, you will be given an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), unless you have already had a first dose of a vector vaccine (such as AstraZeneca). In that case, a second dose of the same vector vaccine is recommended.

  • In pregnant women, no more adverse events are reported after vaccination. In case of a fever up to 24-48 hours after vaccination, the Superior Health Council recommends paracetamol at the recommended dose. If the fever persists or other symptoms occur, you should consult your doctor.

Click here to read the full report of the Superior Health Council (available in French and Dutch).

Which transport solutions are available for persons with reduced mobility?

Find out here about the various available solutions.

Improved mobility thanks to free public transport offered by STIB/MIVB

  • Since 17 March, STIB/MIVB has been offering Brussels residents free tickets to go to one of the Region’s vaccination centers. Any Brussels resident who is getting vaccinated against Covid-19 can benefit from this initiative.

  • Do you want to obtain your free tickets? Here we explain how to proceed.

  • Are you a customer of the STIB/MIVB TaxiBus service*? You can also go to the vaccination center for free on the day of your appointment. Book your free round trip in advance by calling the usual “accessibility line”: 02/515.23.65.

* TaxiBus is a specific transport service offered by STIB to people with a disability. You can find more information about this service here.*

Local strategies at the initiative of the Brussels municipalities

Several municipalities offer transport solutions to assist senior citizens, mainly through the existing offer. Citizens find more information about them in their local newspaper, municipality’s Facebook page, etc.

Transport services of mutual health insurance companies

The mutual health insurance companies also offer a transport service for people with reduced mobility. They can find more information about the conditions for use and reimbursement on their health insurance company’s website. If they meet these conditions, they can request transport via the following telephone numbers or e-mail addresses:

  • Partenamut – Mutualité Libre : Transportline – 078 15 50 91

  • Mutualité Socialiste : Soli-transport – 02/546.15.13 – solidaritel@fmsb.be

  • Mutualité Chrétienne : Proximité Santé ASBL  – 02 644 51 31

  • Mutualité Libérale : Cosedi Bruxelles – 02/218.77.72 – info@cosedi.be

  • Mutualité Neutre : Solumob – 02/217.44.44 ou via reservation@solumob.be

Mobile teams for vaccination at home

Since 26 April 2021, the Brussels-Capital Region has an additional asset in the fight against the coronavirus: mobile teams are sent out to vaccinate people who really don’t have the ability to go to a vaccination center, in their own home. In this way, no one is excluded from the vaccination strategy.

Who is eligible for home vaccination against Covid-19?

At this stage, the mobile teams are only used in highly exceptional situations. They are strictly reserved for those who are genuinly go to a vaccination center on their own.

These are people who have been bedridden for a long time, people with severe physical disabilities or serious psychiatric problems, or people who have no way of getting vaccinated because of another physical or mental condition.

People with reduced mobility or people who can go to a vaccination center with assistance are not eligible for this. For them, however, specific transport solutions have been put in place to make it as easy as possible for them to travel on the day of their vaccination appointment.

Making an appointment for vaccination at home.

Only a general practitioner can make an appointment for home vaccination against Covid-19.

However, each GP has been asked to limit bookings to a maximum of 12 patients. As the organization of at-home vaccination is complex, this limitation should avoid mobile teams being used when not necessary.

For this reason, GPs are also required to apply objective criteria to determine whether or not someone qualifies for this scheme.

Once the GP has decided that a person is eligible for at-home vaccination, there are two possibilities:

  1. The mobile team visits the patient at home to vaccinate him/her. In this case, the vaccination is free of charge.

  2. Patients who wish to have the vaccine administered at home by their own GP, have to pay for the consultation with their GP.

In addition to home vaccination, the mobile teams have already been used to maintain vaccination coverage in collectivities (new residents, new healthcare staff, etc.).
Moreover, since 19 May 2021, these mobile teams also play an important role in vaccinating the most precarious target groups (homeless people, transmigrants, etc.).

Beware of fake invitations for coronavirus vaccination!

Now that the vaccination campaign is in full swing, thousands of people will receive invitations to be vaccinated. Ill-intentioned people can misuse this campaign to scam unsuspecting people and take their money. They tend to do this by sending out fake invitations.

The Crisis Centre therefore calls on people never to transfer money or share bank details because of a vaccination invitation they received. Coronavirus vaccines are always free and the official invitation will never ask for any kind of financial information.

How to recognize a fake invitation for Covid vaccination

  • Beware if your invitation arrives at an unexpected time. Have you already been vaccinated or have you not yet heard that it is your target group’s turn? Be on your guard: examine the invitation critically and carefully.

  • You will always receive a personal invitation by post. If your contact details are known, you will also receive an invitation by SMS or email. If you have received a text message or email that is not accompanied by a letter, this is not normal.

  • All official email invitations are sent from the address cov19-vaccin@doclr.be and all invitations by SMS are sent from the number 8811. Ignore invitations from other senders.

  • Your name will appear on the official invitation. If you receive a message that is not addressed personally to you, it is suspicious.

  • The sender of the official invitation is always the Brussels government. You will never be invited by your municipality, and most definitely not by one of the vaccine manufacturers (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson).

  • The vaccines are for free. If the message asks for financial details, alarm bells should start ringing. Whatever you do, don’t do what the message says.

  • Do you think you might be dealing with a fake invitation? Read what to do on https://safeonweb.be/fr/actualite/attention-aux-fausses-invitations-se-presenter-dans-des-centres-de-vaccination (text available in French and Dutch).

Why get vaccinated against Covid-19?

In combination with protective measures, testing and tracing, isolating infected persons and quarantining their contacts, vaccination against Covid-19 has a key role to play in:

  • controlling the pandemic

  • protecting yourself

  • saving lives

  • reducing the pressure on health care personnel and hospitals

  • improving the national socio-economic situation

  • getting back to our normal life as soon as possible.