Petition moots compulsory jabs

Archive photo shows a 96-year-old man being vaccinated against Sars-CoV-2 in Luxembourg Photo: Romain Gamba / Maison Moderne

Archive photo shows a 96-year-old man being vaccinated against Sars-CoV-2 in Luxembourg Photo: Romain Gamba / Maison Moderne

France is considering a law to make covid vaccination compulsory for healthcare workers. Luxembourg may be under pressure to follow suit and perhaps go even further, pending the response to a new petition.

Petition 1904 was one of 17 online petitions to go live on Friday. Its author calls for Sars-CoV-2 vaccination to be mandatory “for [people practising] all professional activities involving regular and unavoidable contact with the public, medical professions, health professions, teachers and other educational professions, public officials, law enforcement, firefighters […] for all students by the start of the 2021 school and university year (insofar as the vaccine recommendations recommend vaccination for children and young people) […] [and] for all activities related to the world of associations and/or sports.”

The author adds that in a second phase, if 80% immunity of the total population, including children, is not reached by the end of 2021, they would like to extend the obligation to the entire population.

According to the European Center for Disease Control on Friday, Luxembourg has fully vaccinated 43.8% of resident adults, and partially vaccinated 63.1%.

Starting Friday (9 July) it will begin mixing and matching different vaccines for over-55s in order to speed up the process. It means that people in this age bracket not considered vulnerable, or who have received a first dose of Vaxzevria vaccine (formerly AstraZeneca), will receive a second dose of a messenger RNA vaccine (Comirnaty from BioNTech/Pfizer or Spikevax, formerly Moderna). They also have the option of receiving Vaxzevria as a second dose.

Luxembourg’s government is also recommending that people who are immunocompromised, especially people who have received transplants, receive a third dose of vaccine.