Getting vaccinated in Luxembourg

Vaccination does not always have a good reputation among the population. Undesirable effects, dangerousness, harmful presence of aluminum … The subject fuels the debate. We saw this during the Covid-19 crisis with the pro-vaccine and anti-vax groups.

What does the Luxembourg regulation on vaccination say? Is it mandatory? What are the recommended vaccines? What are the obligations before a trip abroad? We tell you everything about vaccination in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The positive effects of vaccination on disease prevention are undeniable. Vaccines help protect people from dangerous diseases.

Free Covid-19 vaccination with or without appointment

Very quickly, Luxembourg vaccinated its population against Covid-19. Vaccination is mandatory for adults and children over 12 years of age (RNA-messenger vaccine).

As of June 2022, the CovidCheck scheme is no longer applied in public places.

Vaccination is carried out on the basis of a letter inviting to be vaccinated. However, it is possible to get vaccinated without waiting for the mail.

The wearing of a mask is mandatory for the vaccination. You will also need to bring your CNS card and identification.

You can get vaccinated with an appointment at the following locations:

A prior appointment must be made on guichet.lu.

Vaccination can be done without an appointment:

  • Victor Hugo Hall in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg
  • Impfbus on Tour which circulates throughout Luxembourg.

Vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years is voluntary.

See this page for Covid tests.

Vaccination and regulations in Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, vaccines are not mandatory. However, public health authorities recommend following the national immunization schedule.

Indeed, if vaccination is an individual right, it is also a collective responsibility. The authorities recommend that children be vaccinated. Adults are also invited to get different vaccines, every ten years, against poliomyelitis, tetanus, whooping cough or diphtheria.

Vaccinations are performed by a general practitioner.

The vaccinations in the vaccination calendar for infants and children are paid for by the Luxembourg government.

Vaccination recommendations in Luxembourg

Although there are no regulations in this area, vaccination of children is strongly recommended. Parents are encouraged to protect their children from dangerous and even deadly diseases through vaccination.

Adults are also encouraged to get vaccinated against certain diseases.

To test its vaccine protection, the Luxembourg government has set up an online vaccination verification tool. This allows adults to ensure that their immunization boosters are up to date.

Vaccination schedule

At the time of the first vaccination, a vaccination booklet is given to the patient. This allows the monitoring of injections received by the person, from an early age.

This booklet will indicate the name of the vaccine, the date of the injection, the lot number and usually the date of the next vaccination.

The Luxembourg health authorities have set up a vaccination calendar. The objective of this calendar is to give vaccination recommendations for infants and children, adolescents, but also adults.

Infants, children, adolescents
Age Dose Vaccine Protection
2 months 1 Combined vaccine (D, T, aP, Hib, IPV, Hep B) Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B
1 Rotavirus Rotavirus gastroenteritis
1 Pneumococcus Invasive pneumococcal infections
3 months 2 Combined vaccine (D, T, aP, Hib, IPV, Hep B) Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B
2 Rotavirus Rotavirus gastroenteritis
4 months 3 Combination vaccine (D, T, aP, Hib, IPV) Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b infections, poliomyelitis
2 Pneumococcus Invasive pneumococcal infections
12 months 1 Combination vaccine (MMRV) Mumps, rubella, measles, chickenpox
3 Pneumococcus Invasive pneumococcal infections
13 months 4 Combined vaccine (D, T, aP, Hib, IPV, Hep B) Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b infections, hepatitis B
1 Meningococcus C Invasive Meningococcal C (MenC) Infections
15-23 months 2 Combination vaccine (MMRV) Mumps, rubella, measles, chickenpox
Before 5 years (if not yet done) 1 Pneumococcus Invasive pneumococcal infections
5-6 years old Reminder Combination vaccine (d, T, aP, IPV) Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio

12 years old

(if not yet done)

1 Hepatitis B Hepatitis B
11-13 years old (girls) 1 HPV Papillomarivus (HPV) infections
15-16 years old Reminder Combination vaccine (d, T, aP, IPV +MenC) Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio

15-16 years old

(girls, if not yet done)

1 HPV Papillomarivus (HPV) infections

 

Adults and seniors
Age Vaccine Protection
Every 10 years Combination vaccine (d, T, aP, IPV) Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio
Born after 1980 and has not received two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine MMR Vaccine Measles, mumps, rubella
65 years and older Pneumococcus Invasive pneumococcal infections
65 years and older Flu Seasonal flu

Note that other vaccinations may be recommended for children at risk (blood diseases, chronic lung diseases…).

Cost of vaccination

The vaccinations for infants and children in the vaccination calendar are paid for by the Luxembourg government. Certain at-risk populations are also affected.

Seasonal flu vaccination is covered by the NHA foreligible individuals. To learn more about who is covered by the seasonal flu vaccine, it is recommended that you speak directly to your primary care physician.

The CNS also reimburses the cost of the bivalent vaccine (Cervarix®) for girls between the ages of 11 and 13 inclusive.

Travelling, when to get vaccinated?

Before traveling abroad – depending on the destination – it may be necessary to have specific and additional vaccinations.

Yellow fever is the only disease for which countries may require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry for travelers, according to the 2005 International Health Regulations.

This is especially the case before traveling to certain countries in Africa, Central America or South America. Some require systematic vaccination, as in Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and Mali; others depend on the country of origin.

The purpose of this vaccination is to prevent the importation and international spread of the virus, but also to protect travelers who may be exposed to the infection. Once the vaccine has been given, the doctor will provide the patient with an international certificate of vaccination. As of July 11, 2016, this certificate is valid for life as opposed to ten years previously. In other words, a booster dose of yellow fever vaccine cannot be required as a condition of entry. This amendment to Schedule 7 of the International Health Regulations applies to all persons, regardless of the date of vaccination.

Who should be vaccinated before traveling?

Some vaccinations are mandatory before entering the country. It is therefore important to check the conditions before the trip.

As a general rule, all travelers should be vaccinated according to the country’s requirements. It is therefore recommended from the age of 9 months, or exceptionally 6 months.

However, there are some special cases, such as pregnant or breastfeeding women, blood donors or immunocompromised people.

When vaccination cannot be performed, it is strongly advised to cancel or postpone – if possible – travel to amaril-endemic areas.

Careful! Pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under 6 months of age or immunocompromised persons cannot be vaccinated against yellow fever

Did you know that?
Some vaccines, such as the yellow fever vaccine, aremanufactured using chicken eggs. These vaccines contain minute amounts of egg protein. Yellow fever vaccination is therefore not recommended for people with severe egg allergies. For more information, consult a physician.

What is the International Certificate of Vaccination?

Once the patient has been injected with the vaccines, the doctor will issue an international certificate of vaccination. This document certifies that the person has been vaccinated.

As of July 11, 2016, this certificate is valid for life as opposed to ten years previously.

Where to get vaccinated in Luxembourg?

The Travel Clinic is the only yellow fever vaccination center in Luxembourg. Its purpose is to inform and advise travelers, but also to vaccinate them. It is located at the Centre hospitalier de Luxembourg, rue Nicolas Ernest Barblé in Luxembourg.

More than 4,000 patients go there each year to be vaccinated against yellow fever. Other vaccines are also offered – depending on the destination – such as rabies, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A and B…

It is advisable to check with a doctor or the Travel Clinic at least six weeks before departure. Vaccination must be done at least ten days before the trip.

In case of continuous exposure or repeated travel, it is recommended that the patient receive a booster dose every 10 years.

Good to know. It is possible to make an appointment online, directly on the CHL website.

For other vaccinations, consult your doctor or make an appointment with a general practitioner.

Why get vaccinated?

Vaccination helps protect against certain infectious diseases. Although there are some reservations about its effectiveness and safety, its benefits in preventing dangerous diseases are undeniable. Vaccines also help prevent epidemics. Large-scale vaccination against Covid-19 has greatly slowed the spread of the epidemic and reduced the lethal risk.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two to three million lives are saved each year thanks to vaccination. In particular, it has made it possible to eradicate smallpox in its historical version. The last known case was in 1977 in Somalia. Polio has also disappeared from Western Europe. Several other serious diseases – such as diphtheria and tetanus – have almost disappeared from Europe.

Furthermore, according to the Luxembourg government, diphtheria and polio no longer exist in the country.

In the Grand Duchy, the vaccination coverage of children aged 25 to 30 months is evaluated every five years. This national survey shows that over 95% of resident children have been vaccinated for the 13 recommended vaccines.

Health prevention, European Vaccination Week

Every year, the “European Vaccination Week” is held to raise awareness about the importance of vaccines. Because vaccination is an individual right, but also a collective responsibility.

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global vaccine action plan in 2011. The WHO has set six objectives for 2020, such as the elimination of rubella, the reduction of mortality from measles or the vaccination of a greater proportion of the world’s population against tetanus, whooping cough or diphtheria.

The six goals of the global vaccine action plan – Source: WHO