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the health pass becomes compulsory to go to work – RT in French

The Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has decided to impose the health pass for all workplaces in the country. However, employees without a pass will not be made redundant.

The health pass becomes compulsory from 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 speed up anti-Covid vaccination, was announced by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on November 29.

The liberal leader had pointed out 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.

From January 15, employees who do not telecommute must be able to present at their workplace proof of a complete vaccination schedule, a recovery from Covid-19 or an antigen test of less than 24 hours (from 48 hours for PCRs).

The obligation concerns both the public sector and private companies.

The employee without a pass cannot be dismissed

An 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 in Parliament on December 16.

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.

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

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

Luxembourg, a small state of 630,000 inhabitants located between Germany, Belgium and France, regularly beats 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 Luxembourg healthcare system is not currently overwhelmed.

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