Flemish under 41s can request Johnson&Johnson, other regions won’t follow

“The number of people who will get J&J will depend on the deliveries,” but in principle from 16 June, everyone below 41 will be able to issue the request. [Shutterstock/Golden Shrimp]

People in Belgium’s Flanders region aged under 41 will soon be able to opt to get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Flemish Welfare Minister Wouter Beke announced after a meeting of Belgian health ministers on Thursday. Other Belgian regions are apprehensive of such a step.

“QVAX is currently being adjusted so that [under-41s] can indicate that they want the vaccine,” Beke tweeted.

“The number of people who will get J&J will depend on the deliveries,” but in principle from 16 June, everyone below 41 will be able to issue the request.

This comes even though Belgium is temporarily only administering J&J to people over that age, following concerns of rare blood clots.

Wallonia and Brussels have, however, decided not to administer the jab to people under 41 on a voluntary basis and will thus continue with the current policy.

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