Vaccinations below the radar

By Misch PautschLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

Governments around the world are currently fighting for every percent in vaccination rates. Luxembourg seems to have a blind spot: People who are registered in Luxembourg but have been vaccinated abroad. Especially among students, the officially recorded rate seems to be too low - possibly significantly.

Julie Warken has been vaccinated since March 2021 – and invisible to Luxembourg's statistics. As a medical student, she was one of the first to receive her basic vaccination through the "special vaccination days" organised by her university in Frankfurt. Before she received this invitation, like all medical students, she had sent a request to the Ministry of Health in Luxembourg for an initial vaccination. She was supposed to be entitled to this as a member of the health staff working in contact with sick and vulnerable people. Her request was ignored.

It took until June until she finally received her normal invitation from the Santé, like all people in her age group registered in Luxembourg. She ignored this in turn – after all, she had been doubly vaccinated since April. The invitations from the Santé for the first vaccination piled up at Julie's Luxembourg address, because Julie is still not considered fully vaccinated in Luxembourg.

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