Denmark Further Reduces Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines remain available for elderly
Copenhagen harbor
by Bente Jønsson
Copenhagen (Coronavirus Today)

The Danish Health Authority recently stated it expects that the number of COVID-19 infections will increase during the autumn and winter of 2022. Therefore, 'we recommend booster vaccinations of people aged 50 years and over and selected risk groups.'

In addition, 'we recommend that relatives of persons at particularly higher risk accept the offer of vaccination to protect their relatives at particularly higher risk.'

'The purpose of a booster vaccination is not to prevent infection with COVID-19... and people aged under 50 are generally not at particularly higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19.'

And this group has previously been infected with COVID-19, and there is consequently good immunity among this part of the population.

Therefore, 'people under 50 are not being offered booster vaccination.'

"It's important that those at higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 or influenza are protected before an increase in the number of infections in the autumn."

"Therefore, we encourage everyone to vaccinate when they receive the offer."

"This is how we can get through this winter safely without too much illness," commented Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Authority, in a press release on September 13, 2022.

It is essential that the population also remembers the guidance on preventing the spread of infection, including staying at home in case of illness, frequent aeration or ventilation, social distancing, good coughing etiquette, hand hygiene, and cleaning, concluded this announcement.

Previously, beginning July 2022, it was no longer possible for children and adolescents under 18 to get the first injection; from September 2022, it was no longer possible for them to get the second injection.

A few Danish children at notably higher risk of becoming severely ill will still be offered vaccination based on an individual assessment by a doctor.

"We expect the new vaccines to provide better protection, especially against the Omicron variants we expect to dominate during the winter season," added Søren Brostrøm.

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