Wow, 90% in Flanders, that’s amazing—I didn’t know any country/large region would be able to get that high. Thanks for the info.An interesting experiment is going on in Belgium. As you may know, this is a complex country. Who is responsible for what is partly federal, partly down to the regions. The mentality of people, their sources of information, and the population's cultural background is also different in the different parts.
As a result, the vaccine rates vary quite a bit.
In Flanders, the vaccine take-up is very high. 90% of adults have been vaccinated (88.5% fully), and over 75% of 12-17 year olds. In Wallonia and the German-speaking region, this is slightly lower (more or less comparable to the average in W-Europe), but in Brussels, it's quite low: only about 60% of adults have been vaccinated, and among the 12-17 year olds, only slightly over 20%.
The result of that is that not only is the incidence of hospitalization much higher in Brussels (and about 95% of those are unvaccinated), the loosening of the measures has also been different. In Flanders, almost everything will be allowed again next month, and children will not be required to wear face masks once schools restart (Sept 1st), but in Brussels, pubs still need to close earlier, and face masks will remain compulsory in the classroom.
Incidentally, Flanders is coloured 'orange' on the European covid risk map (medium risk), while Brussels is coloured dark red (the 'worst'). Also, almost 50% of infections in Brussels is caused by people returning from holidays. Of people returning from Morocco (and there are many of them, many have their roots there) - over 10% are returning covid-positive - which is quite amazing.
Let's see how this evolves further.
Maybe next spring we’ll be seeing the first edition of Liege-Gent-Liege