How did we do it?
Veldeman was asked by various municipalities and first-line medical care providers to provide the furnishing or additional infrastructure for vaccination centres in existing buildings in the very short term.
In Bree, the empty Expodroom arena, located on the industrial estate in Bree, once home to Euphony Basket Bree and the European competitions of Noliko Maaseik, has been transformed into a fully operational vaccination centre. A huge logistical challenge. In just a few days, Veldeman prepared and furnished the entire arena. Using partitions made from plastic, glass and fabrics, the large areas were divided off into an entrance hall, registration hall, waiting area and vaccination room, with medical offices. Veldeman provided heating and supplied all furniture, from tables and chairs to reception desks and serving trolleys. The four vaccination lines will allow a maximum of 1,200 vaccinations a day to be administered to the residents of Bree and Oudsbergen. Flemish Minister of Health, Wouter Beke, visited the vaccination centre along with both mayors. “It’s great to see how an empty complex could be converted into a fully equipped vaccination centre within just a few weeks”, said Minister Beke.
Veldeman was also responsible for preparing and furnishing the vaccination centre in Peer, located in the former VDAB buildings. Veldeman provided partitions by constructing walls and equipped the building with heating, furniture, decoration and a public address system.
Veldeman also supplied additional infrastructure, such as reception and waiting rooms for other vaccination centres, including the centre in Zottegem.