Denmark adjusts expected date for completion of Covid-19 vaccination programme

Denmark adjusts expected date for completion of Covid-19 vaccination programme
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Everyone in Denmark who wants to be inoculated against Covid-19 will be given the chance to do so by June 27th, according to an updated health authority plan.

The Danish Health Authority has moved the expected completion date forward by a week, according to information published on its website on Monday.

The brings the expected date for completion of second doses back to June 27th. It was previously moved from June 27th to July 4th. Delayed or reduced shipments of vaccines have earlier been advised by suppliers Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.

But Pfizer is now expected to increase deliveries, while AstraZeneca will supply fewer than previously slated.

“Overall this means we can look forward to receiving 900,000 more doses than we expected to as of last week – and that means that we can expect to have vaccinated everyone who wants this… no later than June 27th,” Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm said in a statement.

“As such, most of the population will be completely vaccinated when we reach the summer holidays,” Brostrøm added.

The agency stressed that the plan remains based on prognoses over vaccine deliveries as well as the approval of a new vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. It is therefore subject to change.

A broad section of the population is in the so-called lowest priority ‘group 12’, encompassing people not in higher risk groups due to age or underlying conditions or of higher priority due to their job or close relation to an at risk person.

That group can expect to begin vaccination in May.

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