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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Parts of Denmark have seen snowfall overnight. This photo was taken near Kolding on Thursday morning. Photo: Frank Cilius/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Third group to begin Covid-19 vaccinations

The third-highest priority group for receiving vaccinations against Covid-19 will be offered the vaccine from today.

Elderly citizens over the age of 85 can now receive the vaccine once they receive invitation to book an appointment, with the two first groups – care home residents and people over 65 who receive living assistance at home – nearing completion.

North Jutland will be the first region in the country to start vaccinating the third group, broadcaster DR reports, starting with people over the age of 88.

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

AstraZeneca vaccine to be recommended for under-65s

The Danish Health Authority is recommending the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine against Covid-19, recently approved by the European Medicines Agency, be given to people under the age of 65 without risk of serious illness due to the virus.

Denmark has so far used vaccines from two other suppliers, Pfizer and Moderna, with the first deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine expected next week.

But it will not be recommended to older people, with the Danish health authority citing a lack of documentation as to its efficacy for the group, news wire Ritzau reports.

We’ll have more detail on this in an article later today.

Concerns raised over welfare of kids during school closures

Children and young people have been hit hard by the closure of their schools during the Covid-19 lockdown, experts and charities have recently warned, and a number of political parties have now begun to discuss measures that could be taken to help them.

The opposition Liberal party wants to invest 500 million kroner on the welfare of children and young people, newspaper Berlingske reports. The government has reportedly responded positively to parts of the proposal.

Unions and state negotiate over collective bargaining agreement

A new collective bargaining agreement for around 800,000 people who work in the public sector in Denmark is currently under negotiation and entering a crucial phase, DR writes.

The use of regularly-negotiated collective bargaining agreements – overenskomster in Danish – is at the core of what is known as the ‘Danish model’ around which the majority of the country’s labour market is organised.

Here’s a bit of background from an article we published in 2018 during a major breakdown in a round of negotiations that was taking place at the time.


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