Covid vaccination - certificates

Which types of vaccines are approved in Belgium?

As an EU member state, Belgium follows the EU vaccine strategy. To date, there are four vaccines approved safe and effective by the European Medicines Agency and are authorized for use in the EU: BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

What is an EU Digital COVID Certificate? And how does it work?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital proof that a person has either

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19 with an EU approved vaccine: BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson
  • tested negative for COVID-19 (NAAT test or rapid antigen test)
  • recovered from a COVID-19 infection

If you are a resident or citizen of an EU member country, you can access the EU Digital COVID Certificate made available by your national government.

The information stored on the EU Digital COVID Certificate takes the form of a QR code, which can be stored on your smart phone, computer or tablet, or printed and scanned when travelling.

The certificate is designed to help you exercise your right to free movement within EU. Please keep in mind that each EU country still has its own policy. This means that some countries may already require you to show your scannable vaccine certificate to enter restaurants, cafés, etc. You may consult re-open EU to find out more about various measures in place by EU member country. Access and information concerning the EU Digital COVID Certificate is available online. Those who can’t access the certificate have the following options:

  • Call +32 78 78 78 50 (Flanders) or +32 02 214 19 19 (Brussels) to receive a hard copy by mail on your Belgian address.
  • Request activation of your digital keys at your local registration office.
  • Students who are not in Belgium can send a request to servicedesk.dto@bosa.fgov.be.

I was vaccinated in a non-EU country. Is my vaccination also recognised in Belgium?

If you were vaccinated outside of the EU with a vaccine approved by EMA, the European Medical Agency, it is possible to register your vaccine in Belgium and obtain an EU digital COVID certificate.

If you were vaccinated outside of the EU and your vaccine is not approved by EMA, the European Medical Agency, it is possible to register your vaccine in Belgium, but you will not be able to obtain an EU digital COVID certificate.

In order to register your foreign vaccine certificate in Belgium please follow the process below.

Step 1: Collect

  • your official vaccine certificate with the dates, brand name AND lot number of the vaccines administered – if this is not mentioned on your vaccination certificate, you will need to contact your vaccination centre to obtain this information
  • your Belgian national registration or NISS number (‘rijksregisternummer’ in Dutch), or a BIS number

Step 2: Contact

  • a general practitioner who will validate and enter your recognised vaccine certificate into the Belgian CovidSafe network; then, ·
  • request a one-time activation key at your local registration office.

General practitioners available (by e-mail) to validate and enter your vaccine certificate information into the Belgian CovidSafe network: 

An in-person appointment isn’t necessary and you may request your vaccine certificate recognition via email.

I was vaccinated in an EU country, EEA country or the UK. Is my vaccine certificate recognised in Belgium?

Yes. If you were vaccinated in the EU, the UK, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein or Switzerland, your vaccine certificate is recognised in Belgium and the wider EU.

I’m not vaccinated. Can I get vaccinated as an international (exchange) student?

Yes. As an international student in Belgium, you can be vaccinated at a local vaccination centre with Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.

In order to do this, you’ll need your Belgian national registration number or BIS number (please see What is a BIS number and how do I obtain it?) and a form of ID.

Here are upcoming possibilities to get your vaccine:

De Waai Vaccination Center (Vaccinatiecentrum De Waai) located at Werft 28, 2440 Geel

  • 22 September without appointment between 14:00 and 19:00
  • 22 September with appointment between 17:00 and 19:00
  • 13 October between 14:00 and 17:00

*All students are welcome and domiciliation in Geel is not required.

Mechelen 

  • 18 September at KV Mechelen Stadium

Mechelen & De Nayer

  • 20 September on the Alice Nahonplein (next to De Vest campus) from 12.00 to 13.30 for all students from Mechelen Campus and De Nayer.  All students are welcome, regardless of where they are domiciled.

For all other locations of vaccination centres in Flanders, please check out: https://vaccinatiecentra.vlaanderen.be/

I was partially vaccinated abroad. Can I get my second dose in Belgium?

The answer depends on which vaccine was administered during your first dose.

If you were vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine (see above Which types of vaccines are approved in Belgium?), you can contact your local vaccination centre to discuss your options. Please keep in mind that you will need to provide proof of your first dose in order to receive the second in Belgium.

For those whose first dose is not EMA-approved, a solution is currently being sought. For further details, please contact your local vaccination centre.

My vaccine certificate isn’t recognised in Belgium. Do I need to get vaccinated again?

If you were vaccinated with a non-EMA approved vaccine in your home country, you may opt-in to be vaccinated in Belgium with an EMA-approved dose. The decision to be vaccinated again in Belgium is entirely your choice.

What is a BIS number or how do I obtain it?

A BIS number is a temporary personal identification number which will later be converted into a Belgian national registration or NISS number.

Once you are registered as a degree student at Thomas More, you will automatically be assigned a BIS number. Your BIS number has been emailed to you. Please check your Thomas More email box.  You may contact stuvo@thomasmore.be to assist.

If you are an exchange student, you will not receive a BIS number automatically. If you need one, please request it by contacting incoming@thomasmore.be