Adaptation of the COVID law

Following today's vote on bill no. 7943, the amended law of 17 July 2020 on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been adapted on the following points:

Isolation period

Isolation is prescribed for 10 days. It may be terminated before the 10 days have elapsed for the following cases:

  • persons who received their full vaccination less than 6 months ago, or
  • persons who recovered from COVID-19 infection within 180 days of the positive PCR test, or
  • persons who received a booster vaccination

 and if they perform SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests on days 5 and 6 of isolation at the earliest. If the results are negative, isolation ends on day 6.

This reduction is justified by the fact that these people have a lower viral load and, in particular, a shorter period of contagiousness.

This change also applies to people already in isolation.

Validity period of vaccination certificates

In agreement with the European Commission, the general validity period of the vaccination certificates is set at 270 days (9 months) from the date when the vaccination is considered complete.

It should be noted that the European Commission has not set a standard period for the acceptance of certificates issued following the administration of a booster vaccination, as there is not yet sufficient data on the duration of protection conferred by the booster. For the time being, the validity of the vaccination certificates issued following the booster vaccination has not been determined.

CovidCheck 2G+ system

The CovidCheck 2G+ system is maintained, but the categories of people who can be exempted from the test requirement are extended to include:

  • those who completed their vaccination less than 180 days ago,
  • those who have received a booster vaccination, or
  • those with a valid recovery certificate.

 This adaptation takes into account the experience gained in a number of countries that were affected by the Omicron variant before Luxembourg, from which it follows that, while vaccine efficacy decreases over time, it increases again significantly with the booster vaccination.

Press release by the Ministry of State / Ministry of Health

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