Weekly report

Unvaccinated twice more likely to catch covid

Booster shot invitations will be extended to all as the fourth virus wave rolls over the grand duchy.  Photo: Shutterstock

Booster shot invitations will be extended to all as the fourth virus wave rolls over the grand duchy.  Photo: Shutterstock

Over the last week, the number of covid infections has climbed to 1,444--a 19% increase compared to last week’s 1,211 cases. Unvaccinated people have more chances of catching the virus and developing adverse symptoms, reminds the government.

The fourth wave is well on its way in the grand duchy. While 76,4% of Luxembourg citizens have now completed their inoculation, 31 people were admitted into hospital care over the last seven days, while 14 people are now occupying hospital beds in the intensive care unit. Among these, the majority remains unvaccinated, and the average age of hospitalised patients has climbed from 57 to 58.

8 additional deaths have been reported over the seven-day period.

The government, in its weekly rapport, also revealed that children under the age of twelve--an age group that is not yet set to be vaccinated--have the highest incidence of cases, with 339 out of 100,000 being infected. However, the rates soar in all age categories aside from the 75+ age demographic.

A silver lining shines through the alarming progression of the virus though: the effective reproduction rate went from 1,11 to 1,01 over the last week.

Boosters for all

In a bid to control the pandemic and ensure the effectiveness of vaccines, all eligible people will now receive an invitation for a booster shot. Individuals will have to wait six months following their second dose of AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer shots, while those inoculated with the Johnson&Johnson single-dose vaccine will receive theirs after one month. 

Until now, healthcare professionals and people over the age of 65 had been called to get their booster shot, as reports showed the positive effect of vaccination on older age groups, whose immunity tends to go down faster.

On the afternoon of 19 November, prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) and health minister Paulette Lenert (LSAP)--who remains Luxembourg’s most popular politician--are to address the sanitary crisis in a joint press conference.

The event will be streamed live on paperjam.lu.