When and how can foreign residents get the Covid-19 vaccine in Denmark?

Denmark is moving ahead apace with its Covid-19 vaccination programme, but when will foreign residents be offered the vaccine?

When and how can foreign residents get the Covid-19 vaccine in Denmark?
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Foreign nationals legally residing in Denmark can expect to be offered the vaccine at some point within the current months, depending on which priority group they fall into for inoculation.

I’m a foreign national living in Denmark. Can I get the Covid-19 vaccine?

The Danish Ministry of Health has confirmed that foreigners who legally reside in Denmark will be offered the vaccine.

“Denmark offers free vaccination against Covid-19 to all persons the vaccine is approved for, and who have a residence in Denmark,” the ministry’s press and communication department wrote in an email to The Local.

The vaccine will also be offered to people who have “the right to vaccination services during a stay in Denmark pursuant to EU law or international agreements,” they added.

In addition to foreigners with legal residency, the Ministry of Health also intends to offer vaccination to certain other groups who do not have official residence.

“In addition, the Ministry of Health is now looking into how to ensure that some specific groups of people without residence in Denmark can also get access to vaccination against Covid-19,” the ministry told The Local.

People who could be offered the vaccine within this category may include “certain diplomats, persons from the Faroe Islands and Greenland, homeless people, unregistered migrants, etc. who do not have access to vaccination pursuant to other legislation,” they stated.

How will I know when I can be vaccinated?

Most people will be informed that they can book a vaccination via an email sent to them via the secure digital mail system Eboks. If you are exempted from digital communication with the authorities, you will receive a letter in the mail. A smaller number may be informed by their employer, doctor or local municipality.

Once you have received notification, you can book an appointment via The website is available in English. You will need to log in using the secure NemID digital signature.

Vaccination centres are being opened across the country and new appointment times are added to the system as capacity increases and more doses are delivered – so keep checking back if availability appears limited initially.

The Danish Health Authority advises arriving at the place where you will be vaccinated as close to your allotted time as possible. You must wear a face mask and bring the yellow health insurance cars (Danish: sygesikringsbevis).

When will I receive notification?

As described below, this depends on which level of prioritisation you fall into, but according to the Danish Health Authority’s vaccine plan, the final groups could begin to be offered the vaccine in April. Many will also begin vaccination in the intervening months.

The authority hopes to have vaccinated everyone, including with the second dose, by the end of June. Around 90 percent of those offered the vaccine are expected to take it, according to SST figures based on data from municipalities.

The prognosis is dependent on supply and the expected approval of vaccines from other suppliers to add to the two already in use, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Latest figures at the time of writing show that Denmark has now administered 147,115 Covid-19 vaccinations, around 2.5 percent of the population.

What’s the order of prioritisation?

The prioritisation for vaccination as set out by the Danish Health Authority places people who live in care homes first in line for receiving the jab. Vaccination of this group has already been completed, according to reports – in other words, everyone who lives in a care home in Denmark has been offered the vaccine and those who wished to have it has received the first jab.

The next group is people over the age of 65 who receive living assistance at home. After that, people over the age of 85.

After this, the groups run as follows: health and social care workers at risk of infection or in critical roles; people in high risk groups due to existing health conditions; selected close contacts or vital carers for people in high risk groups; people aged 80-84; people aged 75-79; people aged 65-74; people under the age of 65 in higher risk groups due to existing health conditions; people in other critical societal roles; the remainder of the population, segmented by age.

Children under the age of 16 and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding will not be offered the vaccine unless medical assessment finds this to be necessary – for example in cases of serious disease.





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  1. Denmark was initially praised for making good early progress with vaccinations but has since been caught and overtaken by other EU countries, including much larger nations like Germany and France.

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IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

The number of new Covid-19 infections fell on Saturday for the second day in a row, following a three-day plateau at the start of last week. Has the omicron wave peaked?

IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?
Graffiti in the Copenhagen hippy enclave of Christiania complaining of Omicron's impact on Christmas. Photo: Philip Davali/Scanpix

How many cases, hospitalisations and deaths are there in Denmark? 

Denmark registered 12,588 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, down from the 18,261 registered on in the day leading up to Friday at 2pm, which was itself a decline from the record 28,283 cases recorded on Wednesday. 

The cases were identified by a total of 174,517 PCR tests, bringing the positive percentage to 7.21 percent, down from the sky high rates of close to 12 percent seen in the first few days of January. 

The number of cases over the past seven days is lower than the week before in almost every municipality in Denmark, with only Vallensbæk, Aarhus, Holseterbro, Skanderborg, Hjørring, Vordingborg,  Ringkøbing, Kolding, Assens, Horsens, Thisted, and Langeland reporting rises. 

Hospitalisations have also started to fall, with some 730 patients being treated for Covid-10 on Saturday, down from 755 on Friday. On Tuesday, 794 were being treated for Covid-19 in Danish hospitals, the highest number since the peak of the 2020-21 winter wave.

The only marker which has not yet started to fall is the number of deaths, which tends to trail infections and hospitalisations. 

In the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, Denmark registered 28 deaths with Covid-19, the highest daily number recorded since 20 January 2021, when 29 people died with Covid-19 (although Denmark’s deadliest day was the 19 January 2021, when 39 people died). 

How does Denmark compare to other countries in Europe? 

Over the last seven days, Denmark has had the highest Covid-19 case rate of any country in Europe bar Ireland. The number of new infections in the country has climbed steadily since the start of December, apart from a brief fall over Christmas. 

So does this mean the omicron wave has peaked? 

Maybe, although experts are not sure. 

“Of course, you can hope for that, but I’m not sure that is the case,” said Christian Wejse, head of the Department for Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital. “I think it is too early to conclude that the epidemic has peaked.”

He said that patients with the Omicron variant were being discharged more rapidly on average than had been the case with those who had the more dangerous Delta variant. 

“Many admissions are relatively short-lived, thankfully. This is because many do not become that il, and are largely hospitalized because they are suffering with something else. And if they are stable and do not need oxygen, then they are quickly discharged again.” 

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a visit to an event held by the Social Liberal party that the latest numbers made her even more optimistic about the coming month. 

“We have lower infection numbers and the number of hospitalisations is also plateauing,” she said. “I think we’re going to get through this winter pretty well, even if it will be a difficult time for a lot of people, and we are beginning to see the spring ahead of us, so I’m actually very optimistic.” 

She said that she had been encouraged by the fact that Omicron was a “visibly less dangerous variant if it is not allowed to explode.”