Booster shot interval shortened to four months

As of 3 January, the delay between vaccination doses has been shortened for some formulas. Library photo: SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

As of 3 January, the delay between vaccination doses has been shortened for some formulas. Library photo: SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

The delay between the first vaccination cycle against the coronavirus and receiving a booster shot has been shortened to four months after previously being reduced to five months from half a year.

The government on 15 December adopted a recommendation by Luxembourg’s infectious diseases council to shorten the interval between vaccinations. This came amid a new wave of infections and evidence suggesting that the booster shot provides much better protection against infection and severe illness from the omicron variant.

As of Monday, the following intervals will be in place:

—Four months between a first vaccination schedule with two doses of Moderna or Pfizer/Biontech (or a mix and match) and the booster jab.

—Four months after two doses of AstraZeneca.

—One month after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The speeding up of booster shots for people vaccinated with Moderna or Pfizer/Biontech comes after the 2G+ regime was introduced across the hospitality sector, meaning that people without the additional jab need to take a rapid antigen test to pass CovidCheck.

Five vaccination centres are operational across the country, in Luxembourg City, Esch-Belval, Ettelbruck and Findel, although appointments at the Victor Hugo centre in Limpertsberg on 3 January had to be moved temporarily to Luxexpo.

A pop-up centre in Luxembourg City, which had to close its doors on 31 January as the premises were no longer available after this date, will be replaced with a new centre at the central train station’s main hall starting 6 January.

People who received their initial vaccination doses abroad can receive a booster at one of Luxembourg’s vaccination centres without an appointment. Anyone else wishing to receive a booster shot is urged not to use the pop-up centre but wait to receive their letter to make an appointment at one of the other vaccination facilities.