Voted the world’s top festival by DJ Mag Top 100 this past year, Tomorrowland has plans to forge ahead with the festival next year against all odds amidst the current lockdowns due to coronavirus. This includes the potential for vaccination screenings and off-site rapid testing prior to entering the internationally renowned festival. For those that can receive the vaccine in time, this is positive news if it allows the festival to proceed.
Belgian officials and experts are also currently considering a single-dose vaccination strategy as opposed to the two-part vaccine that is currently being used. Using the two-dose strategy, it may take as late as May to distribute to those that are 65+. Using a single-dose will reach more people faster, meaning that by next summer the majority of Belgian residents will have received the vaccine.
In an interview with Radio 1, microbiologist Herman Goossens and virologist Johan Neyts said, “The second dose serves to maximize that protection and activate our body’s memory for maximum effect. But with that activation of the memory, you can wait six months.” By that time, the majority of the Belgian population will be immune to the virus as it phases out of circulation.
If this is the case, live music events including Tomorrowland could take place as planned.