Health minister Magnus Heunicke outlined distribution of Denmark’s first batch of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine at a briefing on Wednesday afternoon.
The EU Commission gave the green light on Monday to the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use across the European Union, after the European Medicines Agency also gave its approval.
Denmark’s vaccinations will commence at 9am on Sunday, Heunicke said.
They will be given at nursing homes in Denmark’s five different health authority regions: Kærbo (Ishøj, Greater Copenhagen), Blomstergården (Slagelse, Zealand), Birkebo (Aalborg, North Jutland), Ankersgade (Aarhus, Central Jutland) and Ældrecenter Øst (Odense, Southern Denmark).
An initial batch of 9,750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be received infectious disease agency SSI on December 26th.
A further 40,000 doses are scheduled to arrive next week, with 48,000 doses subsequently delivered on a weekly basis.
Danish nursing homes have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Last week saw 240 cases registered amongst residents at care homes, and 48 deaths. Both figures are the highest since the beginning of the pandemic, according to an SSI report.
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