Coronavirus in Luxembourg: the compulsory health pass from Saturday to go to work

The health pass becomes mandatory from Saturday to access your workplace in Luxembourg, in accordance with a law passed in December after the appearance of the Omicron variant.

This measure, which aims to speed up anti-Covid vaccination, was announced by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on November 29.

A vaccination rate “too low”

The liberal leader had pointed the finger at a vaccination rate “too low to avoid overloading hospitals”, at a time when information on the strong contagiousness of the Omicron raised fears again strong pressures on the health care system.

In the Grand Duchy, 65% of the total population is fully vaccinated – a lower figure than in France or Belgium – and 42% have received the “booster” or booster dose, according to official figures.

Proof of complete vaccination schedule

Starting Saturday, employees who do not telecommute will need to be able to present to work proof of a complete vaccination schedule, recovery from Covid-19 or an antigen test of less than 24 hours (48 hours for PCR).

The obligation concerns both the public sector and private companies.

An employee who does not present a health pass cannot however be dismissed. The employee refractory or unable to present a pass will have to go on leave or give up his salary when his leave is exhausted, the authorities specify.

Luxembourg, a small state of 630,000 inhabitants wedged between Germany, Belgium and France, regularly breaks records for contamination in recent weeks, with around 30% of positive tests in recent days. With 20 people in intensive care out of a total of 69 Covid patients treated in hospital, the care system is not yet overwhelmed.

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