the mandatory health pass at work from Saturday

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.

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.

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.

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, 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 care system is not yet overwhelmed.

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