Luxembourg makes the health pass mandatory to go to work


The health pass becomes compulsory from Saturday January 15 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 accelerate anti-Covid vaccination, was announced by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on November 29.

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The Liberal leader had pointed to a vaccination rate “ too low to avoid overloading hospitals”, at a time when information on the high contagiousness of Omicron raised fears again of strong pressure on the healthcare system.

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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.

From Saturday, employees who do not telework must be able to show proof of a full vaccination schedule, recovery from Covid-19 or antigen test within 24 hours (48 hours for PCR).

The obligation concerns both the public sector and private companies.

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“Social injustice”

The employee who does not present a health pass cannot however be dismissed, a guarantee obtained after consultation between the social partners and the executive, validated by a vote of Parliament on December 16.

The refractory employee or the impossibility of presenting a pass will have to go on leave or give up his salary when his leave is exhausted, specify the authorities.

At the rate of infections, Omicron will have affected more than half of Europeans within two months

The OGBL trade union confederation criticized “ social injustice” represented by the cost of the tests, which can amount to up to 600 to 700 euros per month.

“For low or even middle-income employees, the CovidCheck de facto creates a vaccination obligation”, denounced the organization.

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Luxembourg, a small state of 630,000 inhabitants wedged between Germany, Belgium and France, has regularly broken contamination records 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 healthcare system is not currently congested.



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