Vaccination bus targets youngsters

Participants in the e-Lake festival will be offered a walk-in vaccination on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Nader Ghavami / Maison Moderne

Participants in the e-Lake festival will be offered a walk-in vaccination on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Nader Ghavami / Maison Moderne

A mobile vaccination centre will stop at the e-Lake festival in Echternach this weekend to provide vaccinations without an appointment, the ministry of health said on Tuesday.

The music festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with the bus scheduled to be on-site for three hours each day. Luxembourg is in the final stages of its vaccination campaign, targeting young people and those who did not get the jab when invited earlier in the inoculation drive. 

Visitors wishing to get jabbed can receive either the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the Pfizer/Biontech formula. The second appointment for the Pfizer jab can be arranged via the vaccine hotline at one of the country’s vaccination centres or at one of the doctor’s surgeries now offering the inoculation.

The event is organised under the CovidCheck system, meaning a vaccination certificate or negative coronavirus test result is needed to attend the festival.

More events to follow

Currently, residents aged 18 and over can register to receive one of the covid-19 vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency. Young people between the age of 12 and 18 can only sign up for the Pfizer/Biontech or Moderna messenger RNA vaccines. 

The rollout of vaccinations offered at doctor’s and paediatrician’s offices began on 2 August. With its vaccination bus, or “Impf-Bus”, the ministry of health wants to make access even more convenient, saying on its website the bus would stop at several events. It did not provide a full list, however.

Until 10 August, medical staff who have not been vaccinated will also be able to get jabbed aboard the bus, which travels to hospitals and care and nursing homes.

Since July, large-scale testing has also been available in a mobile version, with a stop every day of the week in one of Luxembourg’s shopping centres for a free PCR test.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.

Updated on 4 August at 4.35pm to specify the vaccines available on the bus at the e-Lake festival.