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Warnings issued to vaccination queue jumpers



Out of 81 suspects, 27 people were issued warnings for skipping the vaccination queue Library photo: Romain Gamba / Maison Moderne

Out of 81 suspects, 27 people were issued warnings for skipping the vaccination queue Library photo: Romain Gamba / Maison Moderne

Luxembourg’s public prosecutors have issued warnings to 27 people who jumped the vaccination queue as the government began rolling out its inoculation strategy against the coronavirus last year.

The prosecutor’s offices in Luxembourg and Diekirch investigated 81 people in total for violating vaccination rules. The government in December 2020 began its vaccination campaign, prioritising healthcare staff and the elderly.

But it emerged that administrative staff and board members at hospitals had received their vaccinations with claims that some hospital workers fast-tracked family members to get their jabs.

In 27 cases, the public prosecutors found sufficient evidence that they illegally accessed vaccinations. It issued warnings to these people based on breach of trust, concealment and computer fraud.

However, the prosecutors’ offices won’t take any further action, citing “relatively low disturbance to public order”.

In the meantime, the entire Luxembourg population has been invited to get vaccinated and around 79% of the eligible population, those aged 12 or over, are fully vaccinated with a campaign to get booster shots currently underway.