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. We recommend that you apply for an additional EMA approved vaccination in Belgium.

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

Step 1: Collect

  • 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.

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 student?

As an international student in Belgium, you can be vaccinated at a local vaccination center. 

For all locations of vaccination centres in Flanders, please check online, or in the list below.

You first make your appointment online or by phone (see in the list below) and specify that you are an international student of Thomas More. You’ll need your Belgian national registration number or BIS number and your ID/passport when to go to the vaccination centre.

Where can I find a vaccination centre near my Thomas More campus?

Antwerp

Make your appointment via this phone number 03 435 95 55. 

More info

  • location | Groenendaallaan 394 - 2030 Antwerp

Geel

Make your appointment via this phone number 014 56 79 90. 
All students are welcome and domiciliation in Geel is not required. 

More info |

  • location | B-Active - Markt 12 - 2440 Geel

Mechelen

Make your appointment via this phone number 080012821 (free number)
All students are welcome and domiciliation in Mechelen is not required.

More info |

  • location | Guido Gezellelaan 20 - 2800 Mechelen

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 please contact your local vaccination centre. You will be recommended to apply for an additional EMA approved vaccination in Belgium.

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.

If you were vaccinated in your home country with one of the vaccines listed below, make an appointment with a general practitioner. He can register your non-EU vaccination in Belgium.

  • BioNTech-Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Sputnic V
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

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. 

You are a degree student? - Once you are registered as a degree student at Thomas More, you will be assigned a BIS number. Didn’t receive the information in your Thomas More email box?  Reach out to international.support@thomasmore.be

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.